Boris’ Big Day

Boris’ Big Day

While London sleeps, we’re on the edge of our seats awaiting Boris Johnson’s important visit with the Queen today. 

Having comprehensively won a leadership contest, 92,153 votes to 46,656, in yesterday’s ballot of Conservative party members, a gruelling 24 hours lies ahead for the man who will be the 55th Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

As historical as it is practical, the process of a prime ministerial handover is not for the fainthearted.

Once the outgoing prime minister has visited the Queen at Buckingham Palace to tender their resignation and recommend someone they believe can command the confidence of the House of Commons, the nominated successor is summoned to the palace.

In a tradition known as "kissing hands", Her Majesty will invite Mr Johnson to form her next government.

He will exit the Queen’s quarters with the formal title of prime minister; the 14th to serve Her Majesty – the first being none other than Winston Churchill himself.

The PM's official vehicle, an armoured, bullet-proof Jaguar accompanied by a security convoy, will then ferry Mr Johnson directly to the lectern at Downing Street where he’ll face the world’s press; presenting his first speech as PM.

The newly minted PM will then be welcomed by the Downing Street staff before his next destination: cabinet room. 

Here he’ll be briefed extensively by officials for hours – from expenses allowances to details of British spies and procedure involving Britain's nuclear deterrent.

The newest resident of Downing Street will then be required to write his "letters of last resort", instructing the chief commander of the four submarines which hold Britain's nuclear arsenal what actions to take if the country is obliterated by a nuclear strike.

Mr Johnson must also nominate "nuclear deputies" at this juncture; two cabinet members to take charge of the codes in an emergency if he is unwell or unable to be reached.

Then the senior roles of chancellor, foreign secretary and home secretary must be filled before the day’s end as the prime minister sets about appointing a cabinet and ministerial team as well as sacking incumbent ministers deemed no longer needed. 

And of course, throughout the day, the new PM will be fielding a great many calls from fellow world leaders welcoming him to the club. 

All before bed, if you will, Boris.

Assuming one of the most challenging jobs on earth and moving house in one day is no small feat.

But our money is on the rough and ready man known for his love of Queen and country, who once spent a night sleeping on a Canberra roundabout and, now ironically, said of his prime ministerial aspirations: "It's more likely that I will be reincarnated as an olive, locked in a disused fridge and decapitated by a flying frisbee."