Kissing cod, pulling pints and a little thing called Brexit: Boris Johnson's 2016

In the US the person of the year was Donald Trump, but in Britain there would be a strong argument for it to be one Boris Johnson.

Here's what the politician has been up to this year.

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has been an MP for 15 years, but despite eight in office as the mayor of London it is still 2016 which is his stand out year in the political spotlight.


Boris Johnson
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In his biggest role of the year, Johnson was instrumental in the campaign to leave the European Union.

After announcing his "agonisingly difficult" decision to fight against then PM David Cameron and lead Britain to the EU's exit door in February, Johnson leant all of his efforts to the Brexit cause.

His efforts saw him tour the nation, pulling pints, donning hi-vis jackets, and even taking a spin in a sports car - and it all worked wonders.

Almost exactly four months later, on June 24, Johnson found himself on a podium and told the nation Britain had "spoken up for democracy".

London's ex-mayor

Boris Johnson
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In 2016 Johnson finally set in place the start date of the much-anticipated night tube in London, but altogether his stint as London mayor didn't end as he would have hoped.

After backing Zac Goldsmith to succeed him as a fellow Conservative mayor in Britain's largest city, the scales were tipped in the direction of Labour - Sadiq Khan won.

Not Britain's prime minister

Boris Johnson with fellow members of cabinet
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After huge speculation that his success in the Brexit vote would deliver him outgoing prime minister Cameron's job, it got snatched from under Johnson's nose.

With his fellow Brexiteer Michael Gove putting his own name down for the job and telling the nation he didn't believe Boris was up to it, Johnson swiftly announced he would not be running for the position.

All was not lost though for the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, as he landed the Foreign Secretary job in Theresa May's new Cabinet.

A Trump ally?

Graffiti showing Boris Johnson and Donald Trump kissing
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After what many saw as the disastrous election of Trump to the US presidency, Johnson was quick to come to his defence - of a sort.

After EU leaders including Angela Merkel voiced their concerns about Trump, Johnson called for politicians to "snap out of the doom and gloom" and end their "whinge-orama" over the appointment.

Diplomacy at its finest.

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