Theresa May Set To Become UK Prime Minister

July 11, 2016

Home Secretary Theresa May is set to become the United Kingdom’s next Prime Minister following the news that Andrea Leadsom has pulled out of the race to become leader of the Conservative Party.

While the timing of the handover from David Cameron — who announced his resignation following the Brexit vote — to Mrs. May is unknown, it “could be within days,” the British media report.

Theresa May launches national campaign:

A BBC story says, “Mrs May, 59, who backed staying in the EU, has been home secretary since 2010.┬áMrs Leadsom, who campaigned to leave the EU, said the UK needed “strong and stable government” and that Mrs May was “ideally placed” to implement Brexit.”

“In a speech earlier on Monday setting out her leadership campaign platform, Mrs May – who rejected the argument that the next leader and prime minister had to have been someone on the winning side of the EU referendum – said: “Brexit means Brexit and we’re going to make a success of it.”

Andrea Leadsom after quitting Conservative Party race:

“The leadership contest is being overseen by the 1922 committee of backbench Conservative MPs. Its chairman, Graham Brady, said Mrs May would be formally confirmed as the new party leader as soon as the Conservative Party board had been consulted – saying there would be “no need to re-run the election.”

“He declined to give an exact timetable for the next steps – other than to say it would not be “nine weeks” until Mr Cameron’s successor was in place. The contest was originally scheduled to finish on 9 September.”

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