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Brexit campaigner Johnson says won’t run for prime minister

Brexit campaigner and former London mayor Boris Johnson is pictured as he addresses a press conference in central London on June 30, 2016.  Top Brexit campaigner and former London mayor Boris Johnson said Thursday he will not stand to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron, as had been widely expected after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

Brexit campaigner and former London mayor Boris Johnson is pictured as he addresses a press conference in central London on June 30, 2016.<br />Top Brexit campaigner and former London mayor Boris Johnson said Thursday he will not stand to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron, as had been widely expected after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

Top Brexit campaigner and former London mayor Boris Johnson said in a shock announcement Thursday he will not run in the race to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron.

“Having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in parliament, I’ve concluded that person cannot be me,” he said after his eurosceptic ally Michael Gove undermined his chances by launching his own leadership bid.

Interior Minister Theresa May, who also announce she was running, is now the clear favourite as a unifying candidate after a referendum campaign that exposed deep rifts within the Conservative Party.

“My role will be to give every possible support to the next Conservative administration,” Johnson said in a speech in London in which he had been widely expected to announce his bid for Cameron’s job.

Johnson said the vote was “a chance to unite our country and our society”, adding: “It is vital that we bring everyone together within the party”.

“This is our chance to restore Britain’s standing as an independent, sovereign and self-governing nation,” he said, calling also for a “points-based immigration system” like the one in place in Australia.

Britons last Thursday voted by 52 percent in favour of leaving the European Union, the first in the bloc’s 60-year history.




  • vincentumenyiora

    Yes, I thought it was best thing for him to do so up-you Boris! Only shows that there could be persons with principles and that he is not an ambitious gentleman he could be part of the ‘Ad-hoc’ members for the (strategizing) debates and negotiations nevertheless he has played his own part honourably from my perspective and thinking, folks!

  • Ify Onabu

    I see Boris Johnson as the Brutus of British politics. He ran a xenophobic and racist Brexit campaign, twisting facts along the way with the intention of succeeding David Cameron as Prime Minister. Now, with the negative fall out of the decision to quit the EU, Johnson has suddenly realised that leading a nation out of EU is not as easy as running a largely negative campaign. Boris has suddenly run out of ideas on how to lead the UK out of the EU. The Brexit ‘General’ has suddenly developed cold feet and abandoned the troops in the battlefield. The tragedy of it all is that because of Johnson’s divisiveness and scheming, the UK lost the services of a brilliant Prime Minister in David Cameron!

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