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Who Is Next in Line Behind UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson?

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Victoria Jones/AP)

By Friday, 27 March 2020 06:25 PM Current | Bio | Archive

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson testing positive for coronavirus symptoms sent alarm bells through the United Kingdom and much of the world.

Despite Johnson's assurance he was feeling fine and could continue his duties, speculation mounted over what would happen if Johnson's condition worsened and he was forced to relinquish his official duties while convalescing.

British law has no provision for a second-in-line official to the prime minister, as Vice President Mike Pence is to President Trump in the U.S. But Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also holds the honorary title of "First Secretary of State," which implies he is "first among equals" in the Cabinet and would thus fill in for Johnson if he was unable to discharge his duties. 

Raab, 45, earned his stripes on the right by resigning as Brexit secretary in November of 2018 to protest then-Prime Minister Theresa May's compromise package on leaving the European Union. An attorney and son of a Jewish immigrant from Czechoslovakia, Raab also has a black belt in karate — hence his nickname, "The Karate Kid."

The new development with Johnson's health might create other problems for the ruling Conservative Party and the United Kingdom in general.

"It raises the question of how a prime minister with the virus can warn people of the severity of the virus while himself being 'fine,'" Alexandra Phillips, former Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and Brexit Party member, told Newsmax. "It conjures up a difficult public relations balance."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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