Boris Johnson, Britain's former foreign minister, was elected yesterday as the new chairman of the Conservative Party. In a domestic election, the Brexit proponent prevailed against his rival Jeremy Hunt by a clear 92,153 to 46,656 votes. Today Johnson is to be appointed Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth II. In both offices he succeeds Theresa May.

Johnson promised to renegotiate the resignation agreement negotiated by May's government with the EU during the campaign within the party. In view of the European Union's refusal to amend the withdrawal agreement, he has promised to withdraw from the European Union without an agreement by 31 October 2019. He confirmed this promise in a short speech after his election yesterday. The new prime minister is expected to fill many government posts and some "EU-friendly" ministers will resign. High-ranking EU representatives have already confirmed that the resignation agreement itself will not be renegotiated.

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