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Boris Johnson becomes UK’s new prime minister

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Boris Johnson is the UK’s new prime minister.

The Conservative leader officially took over after Theresa May handed in her resignation to the Queen.

He has returned to Downing Street where he is making a speech setting out his priorities.

The new PM will then begin putting together his cabinet – a number of Mrs May’s senior ministers have already resigned, having said they could not serve under him.

As she relinquished power after three years, Mrs May said being prime minister had been “the greatest honour” and wished her successor well.

In a farewell speech outside No 10, she said his government’s “successes will be our country’s successes”.

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Carrie Symonds, Mr Johnson’s partner, is among those greeting him at Downing Street

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Climate protesters formed a chain in front of Mr Johnson’s car

Mr Johnson’s audience with Queen Elizabeth II lasted more than half an hour.

During his journey to Buckingham Palace, his car was briefly held up by protesters from Greenpeace, who formed a human chain across The Mall.

Mr Johnson’s partner, Carrie Symonds, and key members of his staff are awaiting the new prime minister’s arrival in Downing Street.

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