The figurehead of ‘Vote Leave’ Boris Johnson will become the next prime minister of Britain after beating Jeremy Hunt in a poll of Conservative members to become the new party leader. The former London mayor secured two thirds of member votes beating his rival decisively. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the EU commission and EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, both said they looked forward to working with him. President Trump congratulated him, saying he “would get it [Brexit] done.” The ex-foreign secretary will officially become prime minister on Wednesday after an appointment with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Thereafter he will deliver his first speech outside No.10 Downing Street before announcing his Cabinet in which Indian-origin Priti Patel MP is widely expected to get a top job. PIO Tory MPs Alok Sharma and Rishi Sunak are also tipped for Cabinet positions. Mop-topped Johnson beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably in the party ballot, winning 92,153 votes to his rival’s 46,656. The turnout was 87.4% with voters drawn to the 55-year-old’s optimism, energy, humour and commitment to leave the EU “do or die” on 31 October. “I can’t think of any other British prime minister who has had such a strong Indian connection,” commented Indian journalist Rahul Singh, the late Khushwant Singh’s son. Johnson’s estranged barrister wife Marina Wheeler QC, 54, to whom he has been married 26 years and with whom he has four children, is half Indian and half English. Johnson began his victory speech at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London on Tuesday by thanking outgoing prime minister Theresa May and his opponent Jeremy Hunt, who sat holding the hand of his Chinese wife, who he described as a “great leader and a great politician”. “You have been a font excellent ideas, all of which I propose to steal,” he said. He then set out that his goal was to reconcile “two noble sets of instincts” – the simultaneous deep desire for democratic self-government and keeping strong ties with Europe. He said he had read a UK national that morning which stated: “No incoming leader has ever faced such a daunted set of circumstances”. “I don’t think you look remotely daunted. I think we know we can do it and the people of this country trust us to do it and we know we will do it,” he said. He added the Tory mantra of his campaign had been “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn,” to thunderous applause. He said some wag had pointed out “deliver, unite and defeat” unfortunately spelt dud. “But they forgot the final e – ‘e’ for energise. I say for all the doubters, dude we are going to energise the country and get Brexit done!” and like “some slumbering giant we will rise and ping off the guy ropes of self-doubt and negativity.” Before announcing their separation last September, Johnson travelled innumerable times to India with Marina and stayed with her cousins in Delhi and Mumbai. The couple are still married but in the process of divorcing.