Former London mayor Boris Johnson waves after he announced that he will not run for leadership of Britain's ruling Conservative Party in London, Thursday, June 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Former London Mayor Boris Johnson abruptly pulled out of the race to become Britain's prime minister that he was once favored to win, upending the contest less than a week after he led a campaign to take the country out of the EU.It makes Interior Minister Theresa May, a party stalwart who backed remaining in the European Union, the new favorite to succeed Cameron.Johnson, whose backing for the Leave cause was seen as essential to its victory, saw his leadership bid suddenly crumble after his Brexit campaign ally, Justice Secretary Michael Gove, withdrew support and announced a bid of his own.Johnson began by hailing a "moment for hope and ambition for Britain, a time not to fight against the tide of history but to take that tide at the flood and sail on to fortune".But by the time he spoke his bid had already been undermined by Gove, a close friend of Cameron's despite differences with the prime minister over Europe, who had previously said he would back Johnson. Corbyn's party critics say his campaign to remain in the EU was half-hearted.
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