Boris Johnson becomes UK Prime Minister

By Rob Picheta and Kara Fox, CNN

Updated 4:41 a.m. ET, July 25, 2019
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11:10 a.m. ET, July 24, 2019

The people are our bosses, Johnson says

"We aren't going to wait 99 days because the British people have had enough of waiting," Johnson says, in a combative and confident first statement as Prime Minister.

"My job is to serve you, the people," he says. "The people are our bosses.

"My job is to make your streets safer, and we're going to begin with another 20,000 new police on the streets," he says. Johnson adds there will be 20 new hospital upgrades, and that "we will fix the crisis of social care once and for all."

"I will take personal responsibility for the change I want to see," Johnson says. "Never mind the backstop, the buck stops here."

He says he will be a prime minister for all of the United Kingdom -- the "awesome foursome" of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

10:56 a.m. ET, July 24, 2019

Johnson: Britain will leave the EU in October, "no ifs, no buts"

Boris Johnson walked to the podium outside Downing Street to applause from his staff.

"I have just been to see Her Majesty the Queen who has invited me to form a government, and I have accepted."

Johnson pays tribute to May's "deep sense of public service."

"But in spite of all her efforts it has become clear that there are pessimists" in the country who believe Brexit cannot be delivered, Johnson says.

"Those critics are wrong. The doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters, they are going to get it wrong again.

"The people who bet against Britain are going to loose their shirts," Johnson says, adding Britain will leave the EU in October, "no ifs, no buts."

10:52 a.m. ET, July 24, 2019

Boris Johnson makes his first statement as PM

Boris Johnson has arrived at Downing Street and is making his first remarks as Prime Minister.

10:50 a.m. ET, July 24, 2019

Royal Family releases image of Johnson and Queen

The Royal Family has tweeted another image of Johnson with the Queen, and confirmed he has been asked to form a new government.

10:47 a.m. ET, July 24, 2019

Johnson leaves Palace as staff and girlfriend gather outside Downing Street

Back at Number 10, Boris Johnson's aides and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds are gathered outside the famous door.

Johnson has just left Buckingham Palace after meeting with the Queen for over half an hour. He's now being driven straight to his new home and will be expected to make a brief statement to the media.

10:40 a.m. ET, July 24, 2019

The Boris Johnson era has begun

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Boris Johnson is now officially the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Having been appointed by the Queen, Boris Johnson will shortly travel from Buckingham Palace to Downing Street, his new home. The Press Association posted an image of Johnson meeting the Queen.

It is traditional for new prime ministers to make a brief speech outside the famous black door. Johnson will then head inside to meet his staff, and start forming his Cabinet.

10:16 a.m. ET, July 24, 2019

Watch the moment Johnson's motorcade was stopped by protesters

Here's the moment when climate activists jumped onto The Mall to block Johnson's car, briefly delaying his appointment as prime minister.

Greenpeace has taken credit for the stunt.

10:10 a.m. ET, July 24, 2019

Boris Johnson arrives at Buckingham Palace to become prime minister

Boris Johnson is about to officially become Britain’s new leader.

He’s entered Buckingham Palace and is meeting the Queen, who will ask if he is able to form a government. That’s as per tradition -- but it’s a somewhat loaded question on this occasion, since Johnson has a wafer-thin working majority in Parliament of just two seats.

Nonetheless, Johnson will say yes and the Queen will anoint him prime minister. The meeting should be brief -- but it will be the first of the weekly sessions that Johnson will hold with the monarch.

The Queen’s first prime minister was Winston Churchill, over whom Johnson has always welcomed comparisons. Johnson is her 14th leader since her ascension in 1952.

10:12 a.m. ET, July 24, 2019

Johnson's motorcade interrupted by protesters

Boris Johnson is being driven up The Mall to Buckingham Palace, but a line of protesters has just jumped onto the road to stop him. The motorcade briefly came to a halt while a police offer moved the climate activists aside.