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Boris Johnson becomes UKs new prime minister


Boris Johnson becomes UKs new prime minister

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Media captionBoris Johnson’s first speech as UK PM: “Never mind the backstop, the buck stops here”

Boris Johnson said he wanted to “change the country for the better” after he became the UK’s new prime minister.

Speaking outside No 10, he said Brexit would happen on 31 October “no ifs, no buts”, adding “the buck stops here”.

“The doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters” who said it could not be done were “wrong”, the new PM added.

Mr Johnson is making sweeping changes to his top team. More than half the cabinet, including leadership rival Jeremy Hunt, have quit or been sacked.

Announcing his departure, the foreign secretary said he had been offered an alternative role but had turned it down.

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