One of the many immediate effects of the Brexit leave result was of course the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron.
This has naturally lead to many questions as to who be taking up the mantle of British PM. One of the lead favourites for the role was ex-Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who was a deeply worrying prospect for many.
However, Boris has now revealed that he will not stand in the upcoming battle for leadership of the Conservative party. He said to his followers that he is not the right person to lead the Tories.
This definitely comes as a surprise, as he was seen as one of the main contenders to take over from Cameron. Boris announced that he will not be taking part in the race after careful consideration, he will not be standing as PM.
He said in a statement: “Having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances of Parliament I have concluded that person cannot be me. My role is to give every possible support to the next Conservative administration to make sure we properly fulfil the mandate of the people that was delivered at the referendum and to champion the agenda that I believe in.”
This announcement comes shortly after Michael Glove announced his plans to run for the leadership, in which he said: “Boris cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead.”
Nominations for leader of the Conservative party closed today, but we will not find out who will take the reins until September 9.