Brexit : Theresa May to replace David Cameron as sole candidate of British Prime Minister as Andrea Leadsom quits Tory leadership race

July 11, 2016 6:30 pm

Prime Minister addresses the media outside No10 Downing Street in London on July 11, 2016. ©AFP

British Prime Minister David Cameron says will be ’s new head of government by Wednesday evening.
Cameron
said on Monday that the Home Secretary will take office after he visits
Queen Elizabeth to tender his resignation and recommend May as his
successor.
“On Wednesday, I will attend
the House of Commons for Prime Minister’s Questions and then after that I
expect to go to the palace and offer my resignation so we’ll have a new
prime minister in that building behind me by Wednesday evening,” he said as he was addressing reporters outside No 10 Downing Street.
Cameron
announced his resignation on June 24, a day after people in the
voted to leave the EU. Cameron was among the senior politicians who
supported the Remain campaign.
The announcement came hours
after quit the Tory leadership race and May consequently
was left as the only contender standing for the position.

Photo
taken on June 27, 2016 shows Theresa May arriving to attend a cabinet
meeting at No 10 Downing Street in central London. ©AFPThe 1922 committee of Tory MPs, that is responsible for overseeing the leadership race, is holding talks over formally declaring May as the party leader.
Leadsom, who supported , said a nine-week leadership campaign is “highly undesirable” for the UK at this crucial moment.
Cameron said Leadsom made the right decision to pull out of the race and that May “has the overwhelming support of the Conservative parliamentary party.”
“I
am also delighted Theresa May will be the next Prime Minister. She is
strong, she is competent, she is more than able to provide the
leadership that our country is going to need in the years ahead and she
will have my full support,” Cameron added.
May, who wanted the UK to remain in the EU, should begin the Brexit process soon after taking office.
Earlier on Monday, May rejected plans to remain in the EU despite people’s vote to leave the bloc.
“Brexit
means Brexit. There will be no attempts to remain inside the EU, there
will be no attempts to rejoin it by the back door, no second referendum,” she said.
Andrea Leadsom withdrew Monday from the race to replace British Prime
Minister David Cameron, leaving Home Secretary Theresa May as the sole
remaining candidate to lead the Conservative Party.
Graham Brady,
the head of the committee running the contest, said after Leadsom’s
announcement that the party board would meet to discuss confirming May
as the winner. He did not suggest reopening the race and did not say
when the party might confirm that she has won.
Assuming she is
confirmed, May could become prime minister within days. Cameron
announced his resignation after British voters rejected his advice and
chose to leave the in a referendum last month, though he
wasn’t expected to step down until September.
Leadsom withdrew after a weekend uproar over comments she made suggesting that being a mother would be an advantage in the job.

Leadsom has children; May does not.
It wasn’t clear
whether the flap affected Leadsom’s decision to drop out. She said in a
brief announcement that she did not believe she had sufficient support
within the party to remain in the race.
Leadsom said “business
needs certainty” in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European
Union, which has unsettled the markets and sent the value of the pound
plunging.
She said Britain needed a government that would “move
quickly to set out what an independent ’s framework for
business looks like.
“We now need a new prime minister in place as soon as possible,” Leadsom said.
May was in favor of the UK remaining in the EU, while Leadsom campaigned for the “leave” side.
The
field of candidates to replace Cameron had already been narrowed from
five to two, but Leadsom’s announcement was a surprise as a final
decision wasn’t expected until September. Because the Conservative Party
is in power, only its 150,000 members get to pick the party leader, who
by default becomes prime minister.

Andrea Leadsom speaks to the media as she
announces her withdrawal from the Conservative leadership race at Cowley
Street. Photo / Getty Images
Before the announcement, Leadsom had apologized to May,
telling Monday’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that she believed that having
children has “no bearing on the ability to be PM.”
“I deeply regret that anyone has got the impression that I think otherwise,” she said.
Leadsom
had told the Times of London in an interview published Saturday that “I
feel that being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of
our country, a tangible stake.”
Leadsom later accused the
newspaper of practicing “gutter journalism” and twisting her sentiments
in the story, run under the headline “being a mother gives me edge on
May – Leadsom.”
The Times released a recording of part of the interview to show it had quoted Leadsom accurately.
Leadsom’s
rivals said both her comments and her subsequent flip-flopping showed
the junior energy minister doesn’t have the experience under pressure
required to be prime minister. Her allies accused supporters of May –
Britain’s interior minister – of attempting to undermine Leadsom.
British
has been thrown into turmoil by the referendum result, which
has sparked leadership struggles in both the governing Conservative and
main opposition Labour parties.
Labour lawmaker Angela Eagle was
Monday launching an attempt to unseat party leader Jeremy Corbyn, a
veteran left-winger who has a strong base of support among Labour
members but little backing from the party’s 229 lawmakers.
Labour
legislators have passed a no-confidence motion in Corbyn, and many of
his top team in Parliament resigned from their jobs to protest his
leadership. He is refusing to resign and says he can win a leadership
battle, which would be decided by a vote of party members.
Many
Labour lawmakers believe the staunchly socialist, resolutely
uncharismatic Corbyn lacks broad appeal to voters. Eagle said he
“doesn’t connect enough to win an election.”

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