Boris Johnson says will stand, as UK PM agrees to set exit date

Theresa May promises to step down once the first stage of Britain's exit from the European Union is secure.

5/16/2019

Theresa May promises to step down once the first stage of Britain's exit from the European Union is secure.

Theresa May promises to step down once the first stage of Britain's exit from the European Union is secure.

Boris Johnson has long been known to covet the top job, so the announcement comes as no surprise to many. (AFP pic)

The decision comes as little surprise as Johnson, one of Britain’s most identifiable politicians known simply as “Boris”, has long been known to covet the top job.

At a meeting of senior members of her Conservative party on Thursday, May resisted growing demands to set out a detailed plan for her departure right now.

Many of May’s ministers and senior lawmakers are already making moves for the leadership, holding photo opportunities and giving wide-ranging speeches that go well beyond their official briefs.

Johnson quit as foreign minister last year over the government’s Brexit strategy and has been an outspoken critic of the divorce deal May struck with Brussels last November.

May hopes the bill could be passed by July, allowing Britain to leave the EU at the end of that month, and is expected to step down at that point.

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