The United Kingdom as we know it is currently in a state of disarray and divide following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
In the immediate aftermath of David Cameron’s revelation that he will resign in three months, Boris Johnson is the current front-runner to be the next Prime Minister of Britain.
After being humiliatingly heckled and called a ‘twat’ as he left his home in Central London, Boris was surrounded by police escort as his car made its way to the Leave HQ where he would make his first speech as a pioneer of the leave campaign.
Speaking from the Leave HQ, Boris began his speech by referring to Cameron as a ‘brave and principled man’, while praising him for creating ‘compassionate Conservatism’.
I want to begin by paying tribute to David Cameron who has spoken earlier from Downing Street, and I know I speak for Michael [Gove] when I saw how sad I am that he has decided to step down but obviously I respect that decision.
I have known David Cameron for a very long time, and I believe he has been one of the most extraordinary politicians of our age.
Looking relatively nervous, almost as if he was not expecting to win whatsoever, Boris also praised the young and asked them not to worry, claiming the choice to leave the EU was the right one.
He also said that the referendum was ‘right and inevitable,’ before concluding that the people had decided ‘to take back control’.
Above all we can find our voice in the world again. Powerful, liberal, humane, an extraordinary force for good. Yesterday the British people have spoken up for democracy.
Yesterday, I believe the British people have spoken up for democracy in Britain and across Europe and we can be proud of the result.
Cameron has pledged to continue his work as Prime Minister until October so that he can calm the markets and allow the Conservative Party to elect a new leader – Boris as the bookies favourite, closely followed by Teresa May and Michael Gove.
But whoever gets into power is going to have an incredibly tough two years while sorting out negotiations with the EU following the activation of Article 50, and while trying to establish a new relationship with the members of the European Union.
Leave won the vote by 51.9 per cent with 17,410,742 votes as opposed to Remain’s 48.1 per cent, with a total of 16,141,241 votes.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.