Boris Johnson, 55, is the clear favourite over Jeremy Hunt, 52, to win the Tory leadership race. Britain is on the edge of its seat as we await the results of the ballot of 160,000 Conservative Party members – a vote which is expected to confirm Mr Johnson’s appointment to the top job. The next Prime Minister will have the challenge of delivering Brexit by October 31 on his hands – so what happens next? Express.co.uk takes a look a what Theresa May will do as she prepares to hand over her title, along with the full timetable for the new PM’s first week in office.
11.45am: The new Prime Minister will be announced by the 1922 Committee. The announcement will be broadcast live, which you can watch HERE.
11.50am: Winner will deliver a victory speech.
Rest of the day: New PM finalises his choice for Cabinet. First speech is written and he’ll visit the Conservative Campaign Headquarters to thank the campaign team in person.
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12pm: Theresa May faces her final Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.
1pm: Philip Hammond officially resigns as Chancellor to Mrs May and we can expect to see other soft Brexit supporters resigning around here too (assuming Mr Johnson wins).
2pm: New PM will meet with ministers in his new Commons office who he intends to sack.
3pm: Theresa May visits the Queen at Buckingham Palace and officially resigns as Prime Minister.
4pm: New PM visits the Queen at Buckingham Palace and is invited to form a Government.
5pm: New PM makes his first speech outside Number 10. He enters the building for the first time as Prime Minister.
Evening: New PM makes senior Cabinet appointments and holds meetings with senior civil servants.
He is given the nuclear codes and is updated on matters of national security.
He’ll write his “letters of last resort” to commanders of Trident-carrying submarines with instructions for what to do in the event of Britain and its Government being wiped out by a nuclear attack.
He’ll take congratulatory phone calls from world leaders.
The schedule for Friday is still being determined, but the first trip outside London is likely.
A visit to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, or a visit to senior EU leaders such as Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron among the possibilities.
Summer recess will then begin, with Parliament next sitting on September 3 – and the clock rapidly ticking toward October 31.