Jill Lawless Associated Press Published 12:15 PM EDT Jun 12, 2019 London – The populist and the pragmatist: of the 10 candidates running to become Britain’s next prime minister, they’re the ones generating most of the buzz. The populist is former Boris Johnson, who ran London as mayor for eight years until 2016 and then became Britain’s foreign secretary until his resignation last summer. He’s a confident if erratic Conservative Party star with a simple message: I’ll sort out Brexit. “We can get Brexit done,” Johnson said at his campaign launch Wednesday, promising that Britain will leave the European Union by the end of October. “Delay means defeat.” The pragmatist is International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, the self-styled “anti-Boris,” who accuses Johnson of selling the public “fairy tales” about a clean and simple exit from the EU. All indications suggest that the Conservative Party prefers Johnson’s simpler message. Johnson, who helped lead the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union, is the strong favorite on betting markets to replace Prime Minister Theresa May, who quit as party leader last week after failing to win Parliament’s backing for her divorce deal with the EU. Other contenders include Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt,… Read full this story
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