The new Foreign Secretary is former Brexit Secretary Dominic
He replaces Jeremy Hunt, the politician who went head-to-head
with Johnson in the battle to be leader of the Conservative
Media reports claimed Hunt had been offered a new job in
Johnsonís government but rejected what he considered a demotion
from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In an extraordinary day in British politics, outgoing Prime
Minister May ended her last day in office at her final Prime
Ministerís Question Time.
May then made the short journey to Buckingham Palace to offer
her resignation to Queen Elizabeth, followed soon after by
Johnsonís journey to the palace, to be invited by the British
monarch to form the new government.
He then headed to his new home at 10 Downing Street where
among the people waiting to greet him was his girlfriend Carrie
In a rousing speech aimed at the nation, Johnson promised
that Britain would leave the European Union on Oct. 31.
Behind the worldís most famous front door Johnson quickly
started to hand out the first key posts in a team that will be
made up mainly of Brexit supporters.
One of the few front benchers to stay in the same job, Steven
Barclay, remains in Johnsonís cabinet as Brexit Secretary. He
had replaced Raab when he quit.
Also remaining in his old job is Health Secretary Matt
Former security minister Ben Wallace, the new Defense
Secretary, campaigned to remain in the European Union. He
trained at Britainís top military academy, Sandhurst, and later
joined the famous Scots Guards, serving in the military for
Loyal Johnson supporter Liz Truss has been appointed
International Development Secretary.
She was second-in-command at the Treasury in Mayís cabinet
and in 2016 became the first female Lord Chancellor.
There was also a top job for former Environment Secretary
Michael Gove who had a spectacular fall-out with Johnson in the
2016 leadership election which saw Theresa May emerge as prime
In that campaign Gove scuppered the leadership hopes of
Johnson by announcing his own candidature on the morning Johnson
was due to launch his campaign.
Johnson stunned his allies by withdrawing from the contest.
Gove was also a contender in the recent contest for the
leadership of the Conservative Party.
Political commentators said it appeared Johnson and Gove have
"buried the hatchet", with Gove appointed as Chancellor of the
Duchy of Lancaster. The holder of the title is usually the
de-facto deputy prime minister.
In his first speech as prime minister, on the steps of
Downing Street, Johnson said he had a message for the doubters,
the doomsters and the gloomsters, adding "they are going to get
it wrong again.
"The people who bet against Britain are going to lose their
"We are going to fulfill the repeated promises of parliament
to the people and come out of the EU on Oct. 31, no ifs or
buts," he said.
"And we will do a new deal, a better deal that will maximize
the opportunities of Brexit while allowing us to develop a new
and exciting partnership with the rest of Europe based on free
trade and mutual support. I have every confidence that in 99
daysí time we will have cracked it."
Johnson will continue assembling his ministerial team over
the next few days.
New Prime Minister Boris
Johnson orders hiring of 20,000 extra police officers
LONDON (Xinhua) --
Britainís new Prime Minister Boris Johnson
launched a massive recruitment drive Friday to start hiring
20,000 police officers in a fight against rising violent crime.
Johnson has taken swift action after promising on his first
day at 10 Downing Street that police numbers will increase.
Downing Street said the unprecedented drive to deliver more
front-line police officers will start in September with the
launch of a national campaign led by Britainís interior
ministry, the Home Office.
Johnson said: "As I said on the steps of Downing Street this
week, my job as prime minister is to make our streets safer.
"People want to see more officers in their neighborhoods,
protecting the public and cutting crime."
"I promised 20,000 extra officers and that recruitment will
now start in earnest," he added.
There have been major complaints in London and across the
country that the number of front-line officers has been reduced
because of spending cuts.
At the same time there has been an increase in knife crimes
and serious assaults.
Johnson said he wants recruitment completed over the next
three years, adding that the government will shortly set out
plans for a new national policing board.
Chaired by Home Secretary Priti Patel, the board will bring
together key police leaders.
It will hold the police to account for meeting the target set
by Johnson, and drive the national response to the most pressing
issues that affect communities right across the country.
Patel said: "Officers up and down the country put themselves
in danger every day to keep us safe.
"They deserve our support."
"The rise weíve seen in serious violence is deeply worrying.
An additional 20,000 officers sends a clear message that we
are committed to giving police the resources they need to tackle
the scourge of crime," Patel said.
The government also said it will urgently review a pilot
project which makes it simpler for police officers to use stop
and search powers, with a view to rolling it out across all
French President Emmanuel
Macron to meet
Britain's Johnson to discuss post-Brexit ties
PARIS France (Xinhua) --
French President Emmanuel Macron will receive
Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson here soon to discuss
the relationship between the two countries after Brexit, French
European Affairs Minister Amelie de Montchalin said on Friday.
While stressing there was no question of renegotiating the
Brexit deal, de Montchalin told state-run France 2 television
that Britain will "remain a partner after the Brexit."
The French minister said the divorce deal agreed between
former British Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union
(EU), which Britain's parliament had rejected three times,
showed how the separation should be carried out.
"What I would like to do in the coming weeks is that we can
go through this stage and negotiate, calmly ... how to work
"What is still to negotiate is the future relationship," the
In his first speech as prime minister, Johnson on Wednesday
pledged to bring Britain out of the EU by Oct. 31, saying "no
ifs, no buts."
He warned that there would be a hard Brexit if the EU refused
to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement.
Russian President Vladimir
new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message
of congratulations to new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
on Wednesday, the Kremlin said in a press release.
"Developing relations in a variety of areas would be for the
benefit of our countries and peoples," Putin said in the
message, wishing Johnson success in his post.
Earlier in the day, newly-elected Conservative Party leader
Johnson took office as the British prime minister amid rising
uncertainties of Brexit.
Moscow-London ties have been strained since March 2018, when
former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his
daughter were allegedly poisoned in Britainís southwestern city
of Salisbury, an incident that sparked a diplomatic war between
Russia and several Western countries.
French President Emmanuel
Macron and European Commission president-elect
Ursula von der Leyen hope for and expect good working ties
with Boris Johnson
PARIS (Xinhua) --
French President Emmanuel Macron and visiting
European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen on
Tuesday congratulated Boris Johnson who was elected the leader
of the UKís ruling Conservative party and set to become prime
They said they looked forward to having constructive talks
with Johnson on Brexit and international crises.
"I warmly congratulate Boris Johnson, and I hope that we will
soon be able to work together," Macron told reporters.
"Iíll call him as soon as he becomes officially the Prime
Minister... I am very eager to working with him not only on the
Europeans topics and Bexit-related negotiations, but also on the
international issues on which we are closely coordinated such as
the situation in Iran and security," he added at a joint press
meeting with Von der Leyen.
For her turn, Von der Leyen congratulated Johnson and said
"looking forward to having a good working relationship with
"We have a challenging time ahead of us. I think that itís
very important to build up a strong and good working relation
because we have the duty to deliver something good for people in
Europe and in the United Kingdom," she said.
Earlier Tuesday, Johnson, the former British Foreign
Secretary, was elected the leader of the Conservative party and
set to become British prime minister.
He has pledged to bring Britain out of the European Union by
Oct. 31, with or without a deal.
Sweden and United Kingdom
to explore possibilities
for future combat aircraft development
STOCKHOLM Sweden (Xinhua) --
Sweden and the UK have agreed to explore
possibilities for joint development of future combat aircraft, a
press release issued by the Swedish government said on Friday.
Swedish Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist and UK Secretary
of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) on Thursday.
"It is an opportunity for a strategic partnership in which we
safeguard technology development, research, and then see how we
can, in different ways, develop something that is good for both
parties," Hultqvist told Swedish news SVT.
The MoU is the starting point for the two countries to
analyse possibilities for deeper cooperation on the development
of future combat aircraft capabilities, including future
development of Swedenís current combat aircraft, the JAS 39
The agreement will be valid for 10 years, during which time
the two countries are free to investigate similar possibilities
with other parties, but may decide to fully initiate a bilateral
development and procurement project.
Swedenís JAS 39 Gripen will continue to be the backbone of
Swedish combat aircraft capabilities for the foreseeable future,
with 60 latest-model planes to be delivered starting in 2020,
according to SVT.
In Fridayís press release, the government states that this
collaboration offers the opportunity to further insert advanced
technologies into JAS 39 Gripen.
"Developing fighter aircraft is an extremely long-term
process, so we actually think itís time to start with what will
be the next generation after JAS Gripen 39 E," Hultqvist told
"That the state is involved in this is primarily about how we
develop Swedish defense capability in the long term and how we
manage the defense of Swedenís airspace," he added.
The MoU will remain valid regardless of Brexit, Hultqvist
"We have extensive cooperation with the UK when it comes to
defense, and this will remain regardless of whether they leave
the EU or not," Hultqvist noted.
Honduran exporters welcome
Britain-Central America trade deal: officials
TEGUCIGALPA Honduras (Xinhua) --
Honduran exporters welcome the signing of a trade
and political continuity agreement with Britain, which ensures
ongoing exchange after Britainís exit from the European Union
(EU), according to Honduran officials.
Medardo Galindo, president of the Honduran Federation of
Agroexporters, said the UK-Central America Association Agreement
was important, since "we will be able to continue exporting
products without losing the tax benefits we have with the EU."
Honduran Minister of Economic Development Arnaldo Castillo
said "once Brexit takes effect, we will continue to benefit from
the advantages of the free-trade agreements" already signed with
European countries, thanks to the accord.
The agreement "provides a framework for cooperation and
development through political dialogue, increased economic ties"
and work on other issues, the British government said Thursday
in a statement.
The agreement was jointly signed by Britain, Costa Rica, El
Salvador, Guetemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama on July 18
in Nicaragua, in the lead up to Britainís expected withdrawal
from the European bloc.
In 2018, the trade volume between Central America and Britian
reached 1.255 billion U.S. dollars, and the Central American
countries enjoyed trade surpluses.
Britain is the fourth-largest European market for the
Honduran export, according to the Central Bank of Honduras.
Up to April, the Honduran imports from Britain amounted to 8
million dollars while exports surpassed 41.7 million dollars.
Switzerland signs post-Brexit
security co-operation deal with United Kingdom
GENEVA Switzerland (Xinhua) --
Switzerland said on Wednesday
it had agreed with Britain to maintain the flow of information
on organized crime and terrorism even if Brexit begins without a
deal with the European Union (EU).
The Swiss Federal Council said in a statement that Justice
Minister Karin Keller-Sutter traveled to London on Wednesday to
sign a memorandum of understanding that would bolster policing
and security cooperation whatever happens with Britainís plan to
leave the EU.
"Switzerland and the UK want to reinforce their already good
cooperation on police matters," said the statement.
Both countries have reaffirmed their intention to work
together even more closely in the future, especially in cases of
organized crime and terrorism, it noted.
Should Britain leave the EU without a deal, the statement
said, "all information from the British security services will
be deleted from key EU databases, such as the Schengen
"In this case Switzerland, as indeed all other states in the
Schengen area, would no longer have access to this valuable
information, making it all the more necessary to find
alternative forms of cooperation and other information
channels," it added.
Boris Johnson elected
leader of the ruling Conservative party
by Larry Neild LONDON United Kingdom
(Xinhua) -- Boris Johnson was elected
leader of the ruling Conservative party on Tuesday and is set to
become the countryís prime minister.
Three years after abandoning his ambition to become the
British prime minister, he will move into Londonís most famous
address 10 Downing Street soon.