Boris Johnson is likely to take over as UK prime minister this week. Library picture: Boris Johnson speaks with press upon arrival at an EU meeting in Brussels, 15 May 2018. Photo: Shutterstock.com
New Lib Dem leader, South Korean fighter jets scrambled and Equifax settles hacking case. Delano’s breakfast briefing for Tuesday.
Johnson set to be next UK PM
Boris Johnson will likely be named Britain’s next prime minister this morning, after the Conservative party’s poll ended on Monday. He is expected to formally take power and name cabinet members on Wednesday. Johnson, a former foreign minister and London mayor, has said the UK needs to leave the EU “do or die, come what may” by Halloween, even if that means a no-deal Brexit. The other final candidate for PM was Jeremy Hunt, the current foreign minister. Sources: BBC, CNBC, Marketwatch and Reuters.
Swinson to lead Lib Dems
The UK’s Liberal Democrats selected Jo Swinson, a 39 year old Scottish MP and former junior cabinet minister, as their new party leader. The pro-EU Lib Dems have been rising in opinion polls in recent months. Sources: BBC, Financial Times, Guardian and New York Times.
UK floats Gulf mission to counter Iran
Jeremy Hunt, the UK’s outgoing foreign minister, proposed a European maritime protection force to protect commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf. Iran seized a British tanker last week. Sources: Deutsche Welle, Financial Times and Guardian.
Russian & Chinese planes enter South Korean airspace
South Korea’s defence ministry said its fighter jets fired warning shots at Russian military aircraft which had entered its airspace. Sources: AP, Guardian, Reuters and Sky News.
Ronaldo rape accusations dropped
Prosecutors said that football star Cristiano Ronaldo will not face charges, citing lack of evidence, for an alleged rape in Las Vegas in 2009. Ronaldo had said the sex was consensual. Sources: AFP, BBC and Guardian.
Equifax agrees to record hacking fine
The credit reporting agency Equifax will pay roughly $700m to settle claims over a 2017 data breach that compromised the unencrypted personal details of 147m people in the US. Sources: BBC, Financial Times and Reuters.