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Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will step down before the next phase of Brexit negotiations although she has not yet put a date on her departure. When quizzed over his leadership intentions, Mr Johnson told The British Insurance Brokers’ Association: “Of course I’m going to go for it.” 

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But Mr Johnson acknowledged there is currently no vacancy in Downing Street.

Mrs May has said she will step down before the next phase of Brexit negotiations and, although she has not put a date on her departure, senior members of her Conservative Party are jostling to replace her.

The former foreign minister is one of Mrs May’s most outspoken critic on Brexit.

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The 54-year-old resigned from the cabinet in July in protest at her handling of the exit negotiations.

Boris Johnson, regarded by many eurosceptics as the face of the 2016 Brexit campaign, set out his pitch to the membership in a speech at the party’s annual conference in October – some members queued for hours to get a seat.

He called on the party to return to its traditional values of low tax and strong policing.

Mr Johnson is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Mrs May.

According to ConservativeHome chief Paul Goodman, Mr Johnson gained traction in his leadership bid when he resigned in protest with Mrs May’s soft Brexit.

He said: “Boris’ resignation catapulted him to the front of the queue as the main Conservative opponent of Theresa May’s EU policy.

“And the worse she does, the more he thrives.

“The postponement of Brexit, the talks with Jeremy Corbyn, the return of Nigel Farage, the looming European elections, the sense of drift and paralysis…all these have bumped him up to his highest total since last August.”

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