Boris Johnson emerges UK prime minister

Boris Johnson has been selected as the new leader of the British Conservative Party and subsequently, the new prime minister of the UK.

Johnson, a journalist will officially succeed outgoing PM Theresa May on Wednesday.

Johnson won with 66.4 per cent of the vote (92,153) to Hunt’s 33.6 per cent (46,656). 139,318 votes were cast by Tory members with a turnout of 87.4 per cent.

Johnson saw off his challenger Jeremy Hunt and was revealed as the new PM at midday local time in London after Conservative grassroots members had been voting by post for the past two and a half weeks.

The new prime minister in a speech claimed that there will be people who “question the wisdom” of him becoming leader.

A former mayor of London and former British foreign secretary, Johnson was the clear favourite from the moment Theresa May announced she would be stepping down, following her failure to secure a Brexit deal with the EU.

Johnson won the backing of over 50 per cent of MPs in the first stage of the leadership race, marking him as the likely successor to lead Brexit-era Britain into the final chapter of the EU divorce saga which began with the 2016 referendum, Reuters reports.

Theresa May chaired her final cabinet meeting Tuesday morning and will tender her official resignation to the Queen on Wednesday afternoon, immediately after her final Prime Minister’s Questions. Johnson will attend an audience at Buckingham Palace shortly afterwards before being sworn in.

Johnson is expected to issue a slew of changes in his cabinet in the coming days as he prepares to take up the mantle of Brexit negotiations.