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As Johnson Becomes PM, Outgoing PM Offers No Praise

Meanwhile, some fear new prime minister will 'sell out' to Trump
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2019 10:40 AM CDT
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Boris Johnson during an audience at Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday.   (Victoria Jones/Pool via AP)
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(Newser) – Theresa May entered Buckingham Palace as prime minister Wednesday before exiting as only a lawmaker. Queen Elizabeth II has seen this production before. The monarch has already had 13 people form a government for her since she took up her post in 1952. Boris Johnson will be the 14th prime minister of her reign following May's request that the monarch invite the fellow Conservative to form a new government, per the AP. More on the British power handover:

  • It marks May as one of Britain's shortest-serving prime ministers in the last 100 years. Her premiership has lasted 1,106 days—enough to outrun just six of the 22 people to have been prime minister since the start of the last century, per the AP.
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Wednesday "condemned May for overseeing increases in poverty, crime, [health service] waiting lists, school class sizes, food-bank use, and homelessness" during what's believed to be the longest-ever Prime Minister's Question Time, per the Guardian. May defended her record and, to cheers, suggested Corbyn should resign.

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