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Brexit news: Boris Johnson has confirmed he will run for leadership (Image: GETTY )
Brexit news: Boris Johnson resigned in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit deal (Image: GETTY )
Of course I’m going to go for it
The 54-year-old resigned from the cabinet in July in protest at her handling of the exit negotiations.
Boris Johnson, regarded by many eurosceptics as the face of the 2016 Brexit campaign, set out his pitch to the membership in a speech at the party’s annual conference in October – some members queued for hours to get a seat.
He called on the party to return to its traditional values of low tax and strong policing.
Mr Johnson is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Mrs May.
Brexit news: Theresa May is under pressure to pack her bags and leave Downing Street (Image: GETTY )
According to ConservativeHome chief Paul Goodman, Mr Johnson gained traction in his leadership bid when he resigned in protest with Mrs May’s soft Brexit.
He said: “Boris’ resignation catapulted him to the front of the queue as the main Conservative opponent of Theresa May’s EU policy.
“And the worse she does, the more he thrives.
“The postponement of Brexit, the talks with Jeremy Corbyn, the return of Nigel Farage, the looming European elections, the sense of drift and paralysis…all these have bumped him up to his highest total since last August.”