Boris Johnson is preparing to enter Number 10 as prime minister for the first time today after his landslide win over Jeremy Hunt in the race for Number 10.
Mr Johnson, who beat his rival by 92,153 votes to 46,656, will take the reins of power after Theresa May leaves Downing Street for the final time to formally tender her resignation to the Queen.
He is also set to name his top team, which is expected to include a recall to cabinet for Priti Patel, an ardent Brexiteer who was forced to resign under Mrs May.
Before meeting with the Queen this afternoon, Mrs May will hold her final PMQs at midday before she addresses staff in Downing Street and makes a statement at around 2pm.
At 3pm, the Queen will hold an audience with new Prime Minister Mr Johnson, who now embarks on the challenge of following through on his pledge to deliver Brexit by October 31.
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Boris Johnson’s premiership has made headlines both home and abroad today.
Swiss title Neue Zurcher Zeitung runs a column from its British correspondent Peter Nonnenmacher with the title: “He’s here – what now?”
He writes: “It will not be easy for him. From the situation in which he has manoeuvred, there is no apparent way out.
“With the solemn summoning of willpower and optimism alone, no state can be made. There must be more, much more.”
It’s shaping up to be a busy day in politics today, with Mr Johnson entering Downing Street and naming his cabinet while Theresa May completes her final duties as Prime Minister before resigning.
Here’s a look at the order of events today:
Midday: Mrs May to take final PMQs in the Commons
1pm – 2pm: Mrs May returns to Downing Street and addresses staff before delivering a short statement at around 2pm.
2pm – 3pm: Mrs May heads to Buckingham Palace to tender her resignation to the Queen.
Around 3pm: The Queen holds an audience with Mr Johnson.
Around 4pm: Mr Johnson enters Downing Street as prime minister and delivers a statement.
Boris Johnson is preparing to enter Downing Street for the first time as prime minister, as he takes on the challenge of delivering Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
The new Tory leader will take over the reins of power after Theresa May leaves No 10 for the final time on Wednesday to formally tender her resignation to the Queen.
But even before his summons to the Palace to form a government following his resounding victory in the Tory leadership race, Mr Johnson was beginning to shape his top team.
It will include a recall to the cabinet for Priti Patel, a Brexiteer who was forced to resign as international development secretary over unauthorised contacts with Israeli officials.
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LBC reports that Andrea Leadsom wants a role in the treasury.
Daniel Kawczynski has said Boris Johnson has the “intellect and stamina” to get Brexit “across the line”.
Boris Johnson has been described as an “optimist” and that has been called “catching”, by MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
Prime Minister Theresa May was presented with gifts of a handbag and necklace by ministers at her final Cabinet meeting as head of Government.
Members of Mrs May’s top team clapped and banged the Cabinet table in a show of appreciation for the outgoing premier.
A Downing Street source said: “It was a genuinely nice ending.”
Hundreds of people have gathered in Glasgow to demonstrate against the appointment of Boris Johnson as Conservative party leader.
An event organised by pro-independence group All Under One Banner (AUOB) drew in crowds on Tuesday evening, with many carrying Saltire flags and handwritten signs reading: “Boris No! Independence Yes!”
Several speakers addressed those gathered and criticised Mr Johnson, who will take over from Theresa May as prime minister on Wednesday after a landslide victory in the Tory leadership contest.
The Downing Street cat poised outside Number 10, which Boris Johnson will move into after becoming PM on Wednesday.
David Morris MP, who backed Jeremy Hunt, has congratulated Boris Johnson on his victory.
Boris Johnson may address MPs in the Commons on Thursday.
Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O’Neill said her party will work to protect the peace process and Good Friday Agreement in all its parts, including the commitment to calling a referendum on Irish Unity.
The British Government has responsibilities and commitments under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement and we will hold them to account.
We will continue to stand up for Irish interests, for the majority of citizens in the North who voted on a cross-community basis to remain within the EU.
We will continue to work with the Dublin Government and the EU27 to protect Ireland from the catastrophic impact of the reckless Brexit being pursued by Boris Johnson and the hard Brexiteers.
Mr Johnson says Brexit can be a “wonderful positive thing for our country”.
He says it his number one priority to get it “over the line”.
Boris Johnson has outlined what he wants to happen next after his victory in the Tory leadership race.
Nicola Sturgeon believes Boris Johnson being PM will “increase the probability” of Scotland becoming independent.
Donald Trump said of Mr Johnson:
We have a really good man is going to be the Prime Minister of the UK now.
Boris Johnson. Good man, he’s tough and he’s smart.
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson says there is “scepticism” about Boris Johnson becoming the UK’s next prime minister but has vowed she will judge him on his actions.
However, the Conservative MSP said the incoming PM “needs to deliver”.
She added that he only had a “very small window” of time to finalise Brexit.
Ms Davidson said she had been a critic of the former foreign secretary when she thought he had “merited it”, and vowed to continue with this stance.
But she told BBC Scotland:
He’s prime minister, he’s won it fair and square, and most fair-minded Scots across the country will judge his premiership by his actions in office, as I will.
Donald Trump claimed people call Boris Johnson “Britain Trump”, as he welcomed the new PM elect who he says will do a “great job”.