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Boris Johnson says he'll stand to become British PM once May resigns

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Former foreign secretary and Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson told the BBC's Huw Edwards Thursday that he plans to stand to replace Theresa May as the U.K.'s prime minister once she fulfills her pledge to step down after a deal on Brexit is reached.

The big picture: Of course, May hasn't stepped down — and her pledge to do so was contingent on her Brexit deal getting through Parliament. Some members of the Conservative Party are worried she may have gotten cold feet. She met with senior party members in Parliament today, reaching an agreement that they'd begin working toward a timetable to elect her replacement next month — whether or not her deal succeeds.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about Brexit