Boris Johnson has said he will run for the Conservative Party leadership after Theresa May stands down.
Asked at a business event in Manchester if he would be a candidate, the former foreign secretary replied: “Of course I’m going to go for it.”
Mrs May has said she will resign once the House of Commons backs her Brexit deal with the EU.
Former London mayor Mr Johnson was quoted as acknowledging there was no current vacancy in Downing Street.
Several senior Conservatives are expected to enter the contest for the leadership, with the winner also becoming prime minister.
Meanwhile, Mrs May has held talks with senior Conservative MPs who are demanding she sets a date for her departure from Downing Street.
Mr Johnson resigned from the cabinet last year in protest at the terms of Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement with the EU.