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Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister

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The formal process of Theresa May leaving her role as Prime Minister and the appointment of Boris Johnson has been completed (24 July 2019)

As announced on Twitter:

This afternoon, in an Audience with The Queen, The Right Honourable Theresa May MP tendered her resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept. (https://bit.ly/32KE817)

Then,

The Queen received The Right Honourable Boris Johnson MP in an Audience this afternoon and requested him to form a new Administration. (https://bit.ly/2Yghjii)

Theresa May – Farewell Speech

Theresa May’s gave her final speech as Prime Minister, in Downing Street on 24 July 2019

Transcript:

I am about to go to Buckingham Palace to tender my resignation to Her Majesty the Queen and to advise her to ask Boris Johnson to form a new administration.

I repeat my warm congratulations to Boris on winning the Conservative leadership election. I wish him and the Government he will lead every good fortune in the months and years ahead.

Their successes will be our country’s successes, and I hope that they will be many. Their achievements will build on the work of nearly a decade of Conservative or Conservative-led government.

During that time our economy has been restored, our public services reformed, and our values defended on the world stage.

Of course, much remains to be done, the immediate priority being to complete our exit from the European Union in a way that works for the whole United Kingdom. With success in that task can come a new beginning for our country, a national renewal that can move us beyond the current impasse into the bright future the British people deserve.

To serve as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is the greatest honour. The heavy responsibilities are outweighed by the huge potential to serve your country. But you achieve nothing alone.

And as I leave Downing Street, my final words are of sincere thanks. To my colleagues in Government and Parliament. To everyone in the building behind me and across the Civil Service. To the men and women of our armed forces and security services. And to the public servants in our schools, our NHS, our police and the other emergency services. All are inspired by the noble wish to serve their country in the national interest.

I also want to thank the British people. Everyone who loves our great country, who works hard for their family and wants their children and grand-children to enjoy greater opportunity than they did. Thank you for putting your faith in me and giving me the chance to serve.

This is a country of aspiration and opportunity and 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 and most of all, I want to thank my husband Philip – who has been my greatest supporter and my closest companion.

I am about to leave Downing Street but I am proud to continue as the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead. I will continue to do all I can to serve the national interest. And play my part in making our United Kingdom, a great country with a great future, a country that truly works for everyone.

New Prime Minister – Boris Johnson

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Following the vote by members of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson has been elected as leader of the Conservative Party and will become the next Prime Minster.

Results of the postal vote are as follows:

There are 159,230 party members.

Turnout was 87.4% with 139,167 members voting

509 ballot papers were rejected.

92,153 (66.4%) voted for Boris Johnson and

46,656 (33.6%) voted for Jeremy Hunt.

Boris Johnson is duly elected and will replace Theresa May as Prime Minister of the UK on Wednesday afternoon (24 July).

Timetable:

Theresa May will hold her final Prime Minister Questions on 24 July 2019 before proceeding to see the Queen to resign her position.

After that, Boris Johnson will go to Buckingham Palace where he will be invited to form a Government.

Theresa May – speech on the state of politics

Prime Minister Theresa May gave a speech on the State of Politics, on 17 July 2019

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-speech-on-the-state-of-politics

Transcript:

This will most likely be the last time I will speak at length as Prime Minister and I would like today to share some personal reflections on the state of politics in our country and around the world.

I have lived politics for half a century. From stuffing envelopes for my local party in my school years to serving as a local councillor, fighting a by-election, winning a seat, to serving for 12 years on the opposition front bench, and for nine years in the Cabinet as Home Secretary and Prime Minister. Throughout that time, in every job I have done, I have been inspired by the enormous potential that working in politics and taking part in public life holds. The potential to serve your country, to improve peoples’ lives and, in however big or small a way, to make the world a better place.

Looking at our own country and the world of which we form a part, and there is great deal to feel optimistic about.

Globally, over the last 30 years extreme poverty and child mortality have both been halved. Hundreds of millions of people are today living longer, happier and healthier lives than their grandparents could even have dreamed of. As a world, we have never cared more deeply about the ecology of our planet’s environment. From treating the earth as a collection of resources to be plundered, we have within a generation come to understand its fragile diversity and taken concerted action to conserve it. The UK is leading the way in that effort with our commitment to net zero emissions.

Design and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles

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Prime Minister Theresa May called for the UK to stay at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of electric vehicles in a meeting of automotive leaders at Downing Street.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-hosts-automotive-leaders-at-downing-street

Prime Minister Theresa May outlined the government’s commitment to the UK’s automotive sector and called for the UK to stay at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of electric vehicles at a roundtable held at Downing Street today, Monday 15 July.

Speaking at the meeting attended by chief executives, senior leaders and experts in the car and energy industries, she emphasised that this can only be done through a strong partnership between the industry and government.

The meeting is part of wider action from government to support the automotive industry, and the Prime Minister confirmed today that Jaguar Land Rover will receive a £500 million loan guarantee from government export credit agency UK Export Finance. This will support the company’s design and manufacture of the next generation of electric vehicles and its export activities.

The representatives discussed with the Prime Minister that as well as having long term consistent incentives and the right charging infrastructure in place to drive up demand for electric vehicles, the UK should build on its strengths in the development of next generation battery technology.

The UK has already made a major commitment to becoming a world leader in the industry through its £274 million investment in the Faraday Battery Challenge and earlier investments through the Automotive Propulsion Centre. Attendees spoke about how best to build on this and work more closely together to develop the next generation of battery technology, including by supporting small businesses in the electrified supply chain and the building of a Gigafactory – a large-scale battery technology factory for electric vehicles.

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