Boris Johnson named British prime minister

The conservative politician is a populist who shares similarities with President Donald Trump and is a divisive figure in the U.K.
1:32 | 07/23/19

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We now have breaking news overseas. Boris Johnson a conservative firebrand often compared to president trump has just been voted the next prime minister for great Britain. Our foreign correspondent Ian Pannell is in London with more on what this means. Good morning, Ian. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, George. An earthquake, indeed and so many similarities with president trump. He once said my chances of being prime minister are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars. But just now he has been chosen to be the next leader of his party and, therefore, prime minister. It's usually controversial and divisive. Johnson is a populist who plays to the crowds as a posh bumbling joker never shy when things go wrong in front of the camera which they often do but just as America is deeply divided so is Britain and perhaps no one is liked or loathed as much as Johnson. To his opponents he is a philanderer, unfaithful in marriage accused of racist remarks and the man of no fixed principle. One of his former bosses even saying this about Johnson, he wouldn't recognize the truth if confronted by it in an identity parade. But president trump says that he thinks the two of them would have a very good relationship and as the British prepare to leave the European union, boy, does Britain need America right now. Johnson has some huge hurdles to leap over, though. Just like his predecessor above all delivering Brexit and cementing that special relationship with the U.S. And getting a desperately needed trade deal so Boris Johnson will become the next prime minister, Elvis not yet found on Mars, George. Ian Pannell, thanks very much. Turbulent times ahead.

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