Liberals on both sides of the Atlantic already hate this.
Boris Johnson, a vocal ally of President Donald Trump and outspoken critic of the European Union, is headed to his next job as the prime minister of the United Kingdom.
Johnson was elected leader of Britain’s Conservative Party on Tuesday, setting him up to take over the prime minister’s job on Wednesday, ABC News reported.
Johnson, a former foreign secretary and former mayor of London, was a leader of the campaign in 2016 that resulted in a referendum vote for a British withdrawal from the EU, a vote that shocked the political establishment in June 2016 almost as much as Trump’s upset victory in the U.S. presidential race five months later.
And Trump wasted no time on Tuesday celebrating the news.
“Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom,” Trump wrote.
“He will be great!”
In an interview last week, Trump compared Johnson’s political career to his own.
“He’s a different kind of a guy, but they say I’m a different kind of a guy, too,” Trump said, according to The Associated Press.
“We get along well.”
Johnson will replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, who is set to resign after failing to come up with a Brexit deal with the European Union that could pass the British Parliament.
He has vowed to have the country out of the EU by Oct. 31, with or without a deal.
And he pledged to start working immediately.
A Donald Trump ally who won his job on the explicit promise of taking his country out of the liberal dream of the EU?
It’s a nightmare for liberals on both sides of the Atlantic.