Boris Johnson becomes UK Prime Minister
Boris Johnson is about to officially become Britain’s new leader.
He’s entered Buckingham Palace and is meeting the Queen, who will ask if he is able to form a government. That’s as per tradition -- but it’s a somewhat loaded question on this occasion, since Johnson has a wafer-thin working majority in Parliament of just two seats.
Nonetheless, Johnson will say yes and the Queen will anoint him prime minister. The meeting should be brief -- but it will be the first of the weekly sessions that Johnson will hold with the monarch.
The Queen’s first prime minister was Winston Churchill, over whom Johnson has always welcomed comparisons. Johnson is her 14th leader since her ascension in 1952.
Boris Johnson is being driven up The Mall to Buckingham Palace, but a line of protesters has just jumped onto the road to stop him. The motorcade briefly came to a halt while a police offer moved the climate activists aside.
Theresa May has resigned to the Queen, but Boris Johnson is yet to meet the monarch and ask to form a government – so right now, Britain is leaderless.
That means all crime is temporarily legal in the country.*
*It doesn’t actually mean this.
Theresa May has wrapped up her meeting with the Queen, having tendered her resignation. "Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept," Buckingham Palace said.
Boris Johnson will now be driven to the Palace to accept the Queen’s offer to become prime minister and form a government.
Theresa May's chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, has just posted this on Twitter.
The quick journey from Downing Street is over, and Theresa May has arrived at Buckingham Palace.
Outside, a handful of anti-Brexit protesters are holding up a banner demanding a second referendum.
May will officially resign to the Queen and recommend Boris Johnson as her successor. It's not known how long the meeting will last -- but once May leaves, she'll be a backbencher.
Theresa May's final speech was interrupted by the "Stop Brexit" activist who has been a fixture outside Parliament for the past three years.
"That wasn't me," her husband Philip joked about the remark. "The answer to that is, I think not," May added.
The Mays then stood on the steps of Number 10 with their arms around each other as they waved to the media assembled opposite. The pair then entered a waiting car to leave Downing Street for the last time.
Theresa May is on her way to Buckingham Palace. It’s her last journey as prime minister.
Before getting in the car, she posed for her final picture with Philip outside the famous door.
It’s about a five-minute drive from Downing Street to the Palace. Once there, May will resign to the Queen in a brief meeting before leaving as a backbench MP.
The monarch will then prepare to welcome her successor, Boris Johnson, who will make the journey to the Palace shortly.
Theresa May has begun her farewell speech, flanked by her staff and her husband.
"I am about to go to Buckingham Palace to tender my resignation to Her Majesty the Queen," she says, wishing Boris Johnson and his team "every good fortune."
"Their successes will be our country's successes," she says.
May then notes that "much remains to be done," and says that securing Brexit is "the immediate priority."
She says leaving the EU can prompt "a national renewal."
She calls serving as PM "the greatest honor," adding that "you achieve nothing alone."
"My final words are of sincere thanks," she says, paying tribute to her colleagues and to all those in public service.
"I also want to thank the British people," she says. "Thank you for putting your faith in me and giving me the chance to serve."
May says: "I hope that every young girl who has seen a woman prime minister now knows for sure that there are no limits to what they can achieve."
Finally May thanks her husband, before jokingly pausing for a protester outside the gates.
She confirms she will return to the backbenches and will continue to make Britain "a country that truly works for everyone."