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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has a new leader. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson became the UK's new Prime Minister yesterday after Theresa May announced her resignation in June. Mr Johnson, commonly known as Boris, realized a childhood dream of becoming leader of the UK. It is reported that when he was eight, he told his parents he wanted to be king of the world. He now has the lesser role of Prime Minister but has a tough task ahead of him. His most pressing undertaking is to deliver Brexit and make sure Britain withdraws from the European Union. Mr Johnson has vowed to ensure this will be done by October 31st. His political future depends on this.
Boris Johnson had to go to Buckingham Palace to meet Queen Elizabeth before taking over as the UK's 77th Prime Minister. Tradition dictates that the Queen formally asks any new appointee to form a new government. Johnson accepted and drove to 10 Downing Street - the official residence of the British leader. His first job is to form his Cabinet - the people who will take up key decision-making roles in the new UK government. Johnson said: "Though I am today building a great team of men and women, I will take personal responsibility for the change I want to see." In his first speech to the nation as Prime Minister, he promised to spend more money on the police, education and social welfare.Comprehension questions
- What is the new UK leader's first name?
- Who resigned in June?
- What did Johnson tell his parents he wanted to be when he was eight?
- What is Mr Johnson's most pressing undertaking?
- What does Mr Johnson's political future depend on?
- Where did Mr Johnson have to go before becoming Prime Minister?
- How many Prime Ministers did the UK have before Mr Johnson?
- Where is the UK Prime Minister's official residence?
- What did Mr Johnson say he would take personal responsibility for?
- What did Mr Johnson promise to spend more money on?
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