After a race to be the next leader of the Conservative Party, Secretary of State for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs Liz Truss has defeated former chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.
Boris Johnson, who served as the U.K. prime minister since 2019, will be on his way out of office and leaving Truss as the party leader, after she won the election with 57.4% of the vote from members compared to Sunak’s 42.6%. Truss has been the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs in the U.K. since 2021 and Minister for Women and Equalities since 2019, serving under three prime ministers.
I am honoured to be elected Leader of the Conservative Party.
Thank you for putting your trust in me to lead and deliver for our great country.
I will take bold action to get all of us through these tough times, grow our economy, and unleash the United Kingdom’s potential. pic.twitter.com/xCGGTJzjqb
— Liz Truss (@trussliz) September 5, 2022
During her time in office, Truss advocated for an anti-regulatory approach to digital assets, saying in 2018 the U.K. “should welcome cryptocurrencies in a way that doesn’t constrain their potential.” In her role as Secretary of State for International Trade, she also launched a digital trade network in 2020 whose measures included promoting fintech firms.
It’s unclear how Truss’ previous policy positions on crypto may influence her views going forward as prime minister, or if Sunak — who has also taken pro-crypto positions — will have a place in her cabinet. She reportedly said on Monday that she had “a bold plan” to cut taxes and grow the U.K. economy. The government is currently considering legislative paths to regulate stablecoins and crypto’s role in the country.
Queen Elizabeth II is expected to formally appoint Truss as the next prime minister on Tuesday after accepting Johnson’s resignation.