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Boris becomes Britain’s new Prime Minister

Boris Johnson is the UK’s new prime minister.

He met with The Queen at Buckingham Palace where he was officially given permission to form a new government.

The former London mayor took the reins of power after Theresa May handed her resignation to the monarch.

Boris is The Queen’s 14th British prime minister. Her first was Sir Winston Churchill in 1952.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street after being appointed by The Queen, Boris vowed to keep his ‘do or die’ Brexit pledge and said he would ‘honour’ the result of the 2016 EU referendum.

He said: ‘The British people have had enough of waiting. The time has come to act.

‘My job is to serve you, the people.

‘Because if there is one point politicians need to remember is that the people are our bosses.’

Boris also thanked EU nationals – including Maltese – living in the UK for their work in British society and insisted that they will have ‘the absolute certainty of the right to remain’.

Before she left Downing Street for the final time, Mrs May wished her successor well.

She told reporters: ‘I repeat my warm congratulations to Boris on winning the Conservative leadership election.

‘I wish him and the government he will lead every good fortune in the months and years ahead.’

She added: ‘To serve as Prime Minister is the greatest honour. Thank you for putting your faith in me.’

Mrs May, who appeared to be choking back tears at times, also voiced gratitude to her ‘biggest supporter’, her husband Philip.

She said she hoped that ‘every girl in the world’ would recognise from her example that there is ‘no limit’ to what they could achieve.