Theresa May becomes Britain’s first PM post Brexit and assigns Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary
Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary came as a shocking choice coming from the newly appointed Prime Minister.
13 Jul 2016 – ABC News
Ms May, who succeeds David Cameron after seeing off several rivals for leader of the Conservative Party, becomes Britain’s second female PM after Margaret Thatcher.
After formally being invited to form a government in a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, she arrived at her new Downing Street residence with a promise to lead a government that would tackle “burning injustice”.
“Following the referendum we face a time of great national change. And I know because we’re Great Britain that we will rise to the challenge,” Ms May told reporters, flanked by her husband Philip.
“As we leave the European Union we will forge a bold new positive role for ourselves in the world.
“And we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few but for everyone of us.”
But a spokeswoman for Ms May said she had told German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande over the phone that her government would need time before beginning talks on Britain’s exit.
“On all the phone calls, the prime minister emphasised her commitment to delivering the will of the British people to leave the European Union,” the spokeswoman said.
“The Prime Minister explained that we would need some time to prepare for these negotiations and spoke of her hope that these could be conducted in a constructive and positive spirit.”