FILE - In this Saturday, July 6, 2019 file photo Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson, centre, eats an ice cream in Barry Island, Wales. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
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Boris Johnson aspires to be a modern-day Winston Churchill. Critics fear he's a British Donald Trump. Johnson Tuesday won the contest to lead the governing Conservative Party, and is set to become Britain's prime minister Wednesday.Like revered World War II leader Churchill, Johnson aims to turn a national crisis -- in this case Brexit -- into a triumph. Blond, buoyant and buffoonish, the 55-year-old Johnson may be one of Britain's most famous politicians, but in many ways he is a mystery.Johnson says he will lead Britain out of the EU on the scheduled date of Oct. 31, with or without a divorce deal.After university, Johnson became a journalist.The Brussels officials who now have to deal with Prime Minister Johnson have not forgotten his role in demonizing the EU.After the country's surprise vote to leave toppled Prime Minister David Cameron, Johnson looked set to succeed him.Johnson's championing of "global Britain" contrasts with Trump's "America First" stance, and the British leader is self-deprecating where Trump is bombastic.Johnson has fathered at least one other child outside his marriages.
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