What you need to know:
– Queen Elizabeth II invited Boris Johnson to form a new government following May’s resignation
– The Queen appointed him during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace
– Johnson will deliver an agenda-setting speech outside his new Downing Street address
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14:40 Johnson has become UK’s new prime minister after the Queen invited him to form a government in her name. The new premier will now head to Downing Street and make a speech.
14: 25 Johnson’s motorcade to Buckingham Palace was blocked by a small group of protesters. The protesters were manhandled out of the way by police. Greenpeace UK says its volunteers interrupted Johnson’s convoy to the Palace.
14:20 According to The Royal Family, May’s audience with the Queen lasted around half an hour.
14:10 May has officially stepped down as prime minister. The Queen has graciously accepted her resignation. As May departs, incoming PM Johnson arrives at Buckingham Palace. The Queen will invite Johnson to form a government.
14:04 Former British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose decision to hold the Brexit referendum triggered a political crisis in the UK, congratulated incoming premier Boris Johnson in a Twitter message.
13:51 May has now arrived at Buckingham Palace, where she’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth II. May will formally tender her resignation to the Queen.
13:31 May delivered a short resignation speech alongside her husband, in which she thanked her colleagues, public servants, staff, the British people and her husband. She gave special mention, as during her final appearance in parliament, to the importance of women in power. “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 there are no limits to what they can achieve.” She repeated her intention to stay on as a backbencher and said she would continue to serve in the national interest.
On Brexit, she said Johnson’s first task would be ensuring a departure from the EU that works for the whole country.
13:26 May has emerged from Downing Street, having presumably thanked her staff, to deliver her street-side speech.
13:23 David Lidington, cabinet office minister and deputy prime minister, announced his resignation too, joining David Gauke and Rory Stewart, among others.
13:08 The Evening Standard is reporting on the text of Johnson’s planned speech later today. He will reportedly vow “to serve the people,” break the Brexit impasse and deliver firm action, the paper reports.
“The time has come to act,” he was due to say, according to the report. “To take decisions, to give strong leadership and to change this country for the better.”
12:34 British Finance Minister Philip Hammond says he has resigned from the government. He had long signaled he would resign should Johnson take power.
12:22 May’s convoy leaves parliament, on her way to Downing Street.
12:17 It was confirmed by other Conservative MPs that Johnson was not in attendance to May’s final appearance as PM.