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After Brexit, Boris Johnson for UK PM? – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: After the United Kingdom on Friday voted to leave the European Union , UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation , effective three months from now. Right after the vanquished leader of the Remain campaign informed the press of his imminent departure, names of possible successors began doing the rounds in the media. The most frequently mentioned name is that of Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, and top “Leave” campaigner.

A number of leading publications, including TIME magazine and the Independent newspaper, have identified Johnson, 52, as a possible successor to Cameron . The bookmaker Ladbrokes even called him the “favourite” to succed his fellow Etonian, Oxonian, and Conservative Party member in 10, Downing Street, Reuters reported.

Boris Johnson, 52, has been a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons twice – first for the constituency of Henley from 2001 to 2008, and then for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015. He also vice-chaired the Conservative Party for a year, from July 2003 to July 2004.

Other names that have surfaced in media reports are those of U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May, MP Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party leader Ruth Davidson and the Euro-sceptic UK Independence Party’s leader MP Nigel Farage.

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