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Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson withdraws from race to become Britain's prime minister

The race to become Britain's next prime minister took a dramatic last-minute turn with former London Mayor Boris Johnson — considered a front-runner — ruling himself out of the race after the defection of a key ally on Thursday.

Johnson, a prominent campaigner for British withdrawal from the European Union, told a news conference that the next Conservative Party leader would have needs to ensure Britain's standing in the world.

"Having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in Parliament, I have concluded that person cannot be me," he said.

Johnson dropped out after Justice Secretary Michael Gove, Johnson's ally in the EU...

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