Johnson asked Elizabeth II for permission to form a government

The audience lasted about 20 minutes; the results of the meeting are not reported.

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Buckingham Palace on Friday morning to be empowered by Queen Elizabeth II to form a government after the December 12 parliamentary elections. Sky News broadcast the moment the Prime Minister’s motorcade arrived at the royal residence in Central London.

The Prime Minister did not wait for the announcement of the results of the election, which is delayed due to stormy weather that prevented the collection of ballots in the Isles of Scilly off the South-West coast of Great Britain. In 649 of the Kingdom’s 650 constituencies, the ruling Conservative party has significantly strengthened its position, gaining 364 seats in Parliament – more than at any time in the past 30 years.

The audience with Her Majesty lasted about 20 minutes, after which the Prime Minister left the Palace and went back to his residence at 10 Downing Street. The outcome of Johnson’s meeting with the Queen is not reported, but the procedure is formal, and Johnson is expected to make a statement in the coming hours that he has received the consent of the monarch and is beginning to form a government.

British political commentators suggest that early next week most members of Johnson’s current Cabinet will be re-appointed, with any reshuffle minimal. At the same time, according to the newspaper “Daily Mail,” Johnson can significantly shuffle Ministerial portfolios in February-after the implementation of “Brexit,” which should take place before January 31, 2020.