Liz Truss will replace Boris Johnson as Britain’s prime minister on Tuesday, traveling to see Queen Elizabeth in Scotland before appointing a new team of ministers to tackle an economic crisis and draw her deeply divided party together.
Truss defeated rival Rishi Sunak in a vote of Conservative Party members on Monday and will inherit one of the most daunting in-trays of any new leader, with Britain on course to enter a lengthy recession due to surging inflation.
The 47-year-old is under pressure to set out an immediate plan to protect millions of households and businesses from the soaring cost of energy, and her plan to borrow billions of pounds to soften the blow and cut taxes has badly rattled financial markets.
“Thank you for putting your trust in me to lead and deliver for our great country,” Truss said.
“I will take bold action to get all of us through these tough times, grow our economy, and unleash the United Kingdom’s potential.”
Johnson was forced to announce his resignation in July after months of scandals that saw support for his administration drain away and ministers resign en masse in a bid to force him out.
Johnson will give a speech outside Downing Street, then travel to Scotland to meet Queen Elizabeth at her Balmoral Castle residence to officially tender his resignation.
Truss will follow him and be asked to form a government by the monarch. Truss will then address the country and start appointments to her top team of ministers.
Long the front-runner to replace Johnson, Truss will become the Conservatives’ fourth prime minister in six years.