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When will Boris Johnson meet the Queen? What will his first week in government look like?



Boris Johnson will lead the Government as Prime Minister after the Conservatives secured a landslide victory in the 2019 general election.

At the time of writing, the Tories have won 364 seats and it looks set to be the biggest Conservative majority since Margaret Thatcher was in charge of the party.

Mr Johnson is in on course to finish with 43 percent of the popular vote, the highest for a Tory leader since Mrs Thatcher’s victory in 1979 and around the same as Tony Blair’s in 1997.

It means Mr Johnson’s snap election gamble has paid off, and it looks like he will romp home to Downing Street with an estimated majority of 78.

In his victory speech, Mr Johnson hailed the huge Conservative landslide and vowed the unite the country, spread opportunity and “get Brexit done”.

Mr Johnson will likely visit Buckingham Palace on Friday, where the Queen will invite him to form a new government.

Here is a look ahead to what his first week in government could entail.

December 13

He warned voters against waking up to a “nightmare” coalition of Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon on Friday 13th, but instead Mr Johnson will likely visit Buckingham Palace where the Queen will invite him to form a new government.

The PM would then make a speech outside Number 10, and could begin a cabinet reshuffle – which may last over the weekend, or be done in a day as it was when he took over from Theresa May.

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December 17

MPs will return to Westminster and begin the process of swearing in, where they take an oath of allegiance.

The process usually lasts a few days, but will be rushed through in two days in order to allow for a Queen’s Speech before Christmas.

December 19

The Queen will formally open Parliament on Thursday, but with “reduced ceremonial elements”.

The last state opening took place on October 14, 10 days before Mr Johnson made his successful call for the General Election to take place.

December 20

The Conservatives have pledged to re-introduce Mr Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill (Wab), which would ratify the deal with Brussels, in December as an “early Christmas present” for voters.

This could mean MPs sitting on Friday in order for the Bill to be introduced at first reading.

January 2020

Assuming Parliament rises for its usual Christmas recess, MPs would be back in Westminster in early January to pass the Brexit Bill.

They would have just a few weeks to get the legislation through both houses before the January 31 deadline.

 

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