Boris bows out in British race to lead Conservative Party


London - 30 Jun 2016

Boris Johnson, the avid Brexit supporter and former London mayor, has announced that he will not be entering the race to become the next Conservative leader of Britain.
Johnson, 52, had been tipped as an early favourite to take over from the outgoing British prime minister, David Cameron, but he confirmed on Thursday that he did not intend to contend the prime ministerial office.
“It is vital now to see this moment for what it is,” Johnson said, speaking shortly before 12 p.m. local time, the deadline for party members to declare their candidacy.  “This is not a time to quail, it is not a crisis, nor should we see it as an excuse for wobbling or self-doubt. But it is a moment for hope and ambition for Britain — a time not to fight against the tide of history but to take that tide at the flood, and sail on to fortune.”
He continued, “Having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in Parliament, I have concluded that person cannot be me. My role will be to give every possible support to the next Conservative administration, to make sure that we properly fulfill the mandate of the people that was delivered at the referendum, and to champion the agenda I believe in.”
The announcement comes on the same day that Tory heavyweights Michael Gove and Theresa May announced their candidacies for Tory party leader.
In a statement released Thursday morning, Gove said that "I have come, reluctantly, to the conclusion that Boris cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead.”