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Thursday, 30 June 2016


Johnson and Gove led the Leave campaign that saw the UK leave the EU and forced PM David Cameron's resignation [EPA]
                                       Boris Johnson rules out bid to be next UK PM

Former London mayor Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of the race to replace outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron, who resigned last Friday after the UK voted to leave the European Union.
Speaking in London on Thursday, Johnson, who campaigned to leave the EU and was seen as the hot favourite to replace Cameron, said he would support the next Conservative leadership but not stand himself.
Fellow 'Leave' campaigner Michael Gove was widely expected to back Johnson's campaign to become the next leader of the UK but in a surprise move today announced his own intention to run for the leadership of the ruling Conservative party.
"I wanted to help build a team behind Boris Johnson so that a politician who argued for leaving the European Union could lead us to a better future," he said in a statement shortly before the deadline for submitting nominations passed.
"But I have come, reluctantly, to the conclusion that Boris cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead." 
Nominations closed at noon on Thursday and the new British prime minister is expected to be announced by September 2 after a ballot of party members.
Current Home Secretary Theresa May has also put herself forward to be the next prime minister.
In her statement, May, who campaigned to stay in the EU, said she was best placed to negotiate Britain's exit from the bloc.
"Brexit means Brexit. The campaign was fought, the vote was held, turnout was high, and the public gave their verdict.
"There must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it through the back door, and no second referendum."
"The country voted to leave the European Union, and it is the duty of the Government and of Parliament to make sure we do just that," she wrote.

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