Boris Johnson's tumultuous two-year tenure as UK prime minister - in pictures

Mr Johnson has presided over one of the most dramatic periods in recent British history

When Boris Johnson accepted Queen Elizabeth II’s invitation to form a government in 2019, it was on the basis that the UK needed to “get Brexit done”, with political warfare over the manner of departure from the EU dominating his predecessor Theresa May’s time at No 10 Downing Street.

The incoming prime minister duly won a resounding Christmas election on a clear promise to sever ties with the bloc, in line with the 2016 referendum result but, as he celebrated victory, he could not have imagined how his life, political and personal, would take a dramatic turn as 2020 dawned.

Three months later he would impose the most draconian restrictions in history on the UK in an attempt to get to grips with the coronavirus crisis, although many critics said his action was too slow and not strict enough.

Mr Johnson's admission to hospital and then intensive care in what he later admitted was a brush with death was swiftly followed by the birth of his son Wilfred.

Mr Johnson would, in 2021, tie the knot in Westminster Cathedral with Wilfred’s mother, Carrie Symonds, after presiding over a major vaccination drive that he considered key to a return to normality in the UK.

But with this weekend marking his two-year anniversary as prime minister, Mr Johnson has been self-isolating after being a close contact of Health Secretary Sajid Javid, who contracted Covid-19.

Updated: July 24th 2021, 9:49 AM
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