UK leadership favourite Boris Johnson vows to deliver Brexit
Britain's Conservative Party lawmaker Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during the official launch of his leadership campaign, in London, Wednesday June 12, 2019. Boris Johnson solidified his front-runner status in the race to become Britain's next prime minister on Tuesday, gaining backing from leading pro-Brexit lawmakers.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:54AM EDT
LONDON -- Front-runner Boris Johnson is officially launching his campaign to be Britain's next prime minister, telling fellow Conservatives they must take the U.K. out of the European Union or see the party wiped out by angry voters.
Johnson plans to tell supporters at a campaign rally Wednesday that "delay means defeat."
Ten Conservative lawmakers are running to succeed Theresa May as party leader and prime minister.
Johnson is the bookies' favourite and has won the backing of many Brexiteer Conservatives by promising Britain will quit the EU by Oct. 31, with or without a divorce deal.
He's a flamboyant and popular figure, but rivals have criticized his low-profile campaign. Johnson hasn't given any television interviews or held public events, in a bid to avoid gaffes that could hurt his chances.