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  • Following the UK’s 2016 Brexit vote, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation.

  • This paved the way for Cameron’s longtime political rival, Boris Johnson, to succeed

  • him as Prime Minister later this year. So, who is Boris Johnson? And how likely is it

  • that hell be the UK’s next PM?

  • Well, Boris Johnson, also known asBojo”, is a right-leaning Member of Parliament and

  • was Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016. Johnson is technically a member of the UK’s Conservative

  • Party, but is often described as a libertarian due to his push for small government and criticism

  • of the EU, coupled with his support for socially liberal causes, like legalizing marijuana.

  • As mayor, Johnson became well-known in UK politics, largely for supporting international

  • trade missions and campaigning for the 2012 games held in London. He simultaneously earned

  • pop-culture stardom for his financial scandals, romantic entanglements and public antics.

  • For instance during the 2012 games, Johnson famously got stuck while ziplining over London,

  • and was left waving a union jack in each hand.

  • This type of outlandish behavior has earned Johnson the nicknamethe Donald Trump of

  • the UK”. And indeed, the two populist conservatives share a number of similarities. Both were

  • born in New York City and later went to prestigious universities, and both sport unmistakable

  • hairstyles. Like Trump, Johnson is often praised for his tell-it-like-it-is humor, while also

  • criticized for his racist, chauvinistic and often inaccurate rhetoric. Most infamously,

  • Johnson described former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, as a “mixture of Harry Houdini

  • and a greased pigletand, in 2015, he was caught on video telling a London cab driver

  • to [quote] “eff off and die”.

  • It may come as a surprise that Johnson has a long-time competitive relationship with

  • Prime Minister, David Cameron, stemming back to their college years. At Oxford, both were

  • members of the infamous Bullingdon [bull-ing-don] Club, a well known upper-class fraternity.

  • In 2001, the twofrenemiescompeted against each other for a seat in parliament,

  • and Cameron won. But their most ferocious competition began in early 2016, when Johnson

  • publicly announced he would join the Brexit effort to leave, directly opposing Cameron’s

  • bid to stay

  • Johnson’s outspoken support of Brexit is believed to be a huge factor in why voters

  • actually chose to leave, and despite his polarizing opinions, his term as mayor was marked by

  • a 54% approval rating. However, that same poll showed that only 33% of Londoners believe

  • he would be a good Prime Minister. And, in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, public opinion

  • of the historically well-liked politician has taken a hit. Johnson was recently booed

  • by an angry crowd while leaving his London home, Meanwhile, his own party has manifested

  • anAnyone But Boriscampaign to block his chances of becoming PM. In the coming

  • months, Johnson stands a good chance of being appointed the interim Prime Minister by his

  • party, which holds a majority in Parliament. But when the inevitable General Election occurs,

  • there is no guarantee Johnson will bid fare well.

  • The future of the UK following Brexit is incredibly uncertain, but the immediate effects have

  • been dramatic. Learn more about what we know and what might happen in the coming years

  • by watching this video

Following the UK’s 2016 Brexit vote, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation.

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