- 英国のＥＵ離脱のこと（後出 departure と exit は離脱、Brexiteer は ＥＵ 離脱支持者、divorce deal は離脱合意案のこと、no-deal はここでは合意なき）
- ruling ... Party
- 与党保守党（後出 Conservative は保守党の〈党員〉）
- European Union (EU)
- 欧州連合（後出 bloc もここでは同意）
- sweep (→swept) out
- 大臣（後出 foreign secretary は外相）
- a mop of hair
- defeat ～
- The Times
- 英新聞名（後出 The Daily Telegraph も英新聞名）
Boris Johnson, Britain's blustering Brexit campaigner, was chosen as the U.K.'s next prime minister on July 23, with a mandate from the ruling Conservative Party but conflicting demands from a politically divided country.
Johnson became prime minister on July 24 after Queen Elizabeth II formally asked him to form a government, replacing Theresa May. He has just under three months to achieve his promise to lead the U.K. out of the European Union (EU) by Oct. 31.
"We are going to fulfill the repeated promises of Parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October the 31st, no ifs or buts," he said in his first speech as prime minister. "As we prepare for a post-Brexit future, it is time we looked not at the risks but at the opportunities that are upon us."
Trying to avoid political divisions, Johnson swept out many of May's ministers to make his own team, dominated by loyal Brexiteers, such as Dominic Raab as foreign secretary.
May announced her resignation in May, after Parliament repeatedly rejected the divorce deal she agreed on with the EU nations. The U.K.'s departure from the EU was delayed from its long scheduled exit in March.
Known for his bravado and blond mop of hair, Johnson easily defeated Conservative rival Jeremy Hunt, 52, winning two-thirds of the votes of about 160,000 party members across the U.K.
The 55-year-old former British foreign secretary wooed Conservatives by promising to succeed where May had failed and lead the U.K. out of the EU — with or without a divorce deal. Johnson insists he can get the EU to renegotiate, something the bloc insists it won't do. Most economists think such a "no-deal" Brexit would cause a deep recession. Lawmakers who oppose a no-deal Brexit are promising to put up a fight.
After graduating from Oxford University, Johnson became a journalist. He survived being fired from The Times for making up a quote, and later worked as the Brussels correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. In 2008, he became mayor of London. (AP)
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