Boris Johnson may have won the support of the Conservative party, “but he hasn’t won the support of our country,” the opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 23, 2019
Corbyn warned against a no-deal Brexit, which Johnson says he could pursue, and reiterated his frequent call for a general election.
There will be people who question the wisdom of the decision to elect him, Johnson admits.
But he says the Conservative party has worked to “promote the good of the whole country” for the last 200 years.
Johnson then turns to Brexit. He says he read in this morning’s Financial Times that no new leader has ever faced such a daunting set of circumstances. “Do you feel daunted?” he asks the crowd. “You don’t look daunted to me.”
Johnson says he will deliver Brexit and defeat Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Boris Johnson won the contest in resounding fashion, earning 92,153 votes to Jeremy Hunt’s 46,656.
That’s a predictably comfortable victory for the long-time favorite. He’s on stage now to make his first speech as leader of the Conservative party.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.