Boris Johnson is the new UK Prime Minister

Boris Johnson is the new UK Prime Minister

Per BBC News, Boris Johnson has been named the new leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party, and new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Johnson, who's full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, defeated Jeremy Hunt in the race to no. 10 Downing Street, where he will overtake from former PM, Theresa May, who officially announced her resignation on May 24, 2019.

Boris Johnson. Credit: Getty

The Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis opened the official announcement at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre today by saying how he is "hugely proud" of the "fair and efficient" election contest, the BBC reports. Lewis also paid tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister, Theresa May, adding that leading the country over the last few years "was never going to be an easy task".

Dame Cheryl Gillan, a returning officer for the election, was also present to praise those who had given up their spare time to organise the leadership election.

She thanks both candidates, whom she says have "emerged as worthy candidates" for next PM.

Speaking to the room, Boris Johnson said how it has been a privilege to serve in Theresa May's cabinet, and that it is an "extraordinary honour and privilege" to be elected Tory leader.

Moments after the announcement, Theresa May tweeted out her full support the Johnson:

Conservative MP Sir Michael Fallon told the BBC's Radio 4 Today show how Boris Johnson would "improve" the Brexit deal with the EU in a way that would satisfy Parliament, and how "one of the great attractions of Boris taking over our party is that he is optimistic and ambitious".

Mr Johnson has repeatedly said how he is determined to take the UK out of the European Union on October 31, 2019 - and if necessary he will do so with a no deal.