Theresa May will be the new Prime Minister on Wednesday. As the new Prime Minister, May will be tasked with Brexit talks after her only rival to succeed David Cameron unexpectedly pulled out.
May was the only candidate remaining after Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the leadership raced. Leadsom faced criticism for suggesting that she was more qualified because she had children.
After she was confirmed as winner of the Conservative leadership, May said, “I am honored and humbled to have been chosen by the Conservative Party to become its leader.”
“During this campaign, my case has been based on three things. First, the need for strong, proven leadership to steer us through what will be difficult and uncertain economic and political times; the need to negotiate the best deal for Britain in leaving the EU; and to forge a new role for ourselves in the world.”
David Cameron commented that he would resign his office on Wednesday allowing May to take over on the same day.
Cameron says that he will be chairing his final cabinet meeting on Tuesday, then take questions in parliament for 30 minutes on Wednesday.
Cameron informed reporters, “After that I expect to go to [Buckingham Palace] and offer my resignation. So we will have a new prime minister in that building behind me by Wednesday evening.”
The Obvious Choice
Some feel based on Theresa May’s background, that she was an obvious choice. Out of the five people vying for leadership, May was regarded as the establishment figure. She has been home secretary, and interior minister for the previous six years. She has intimate knowledge of how government functions, and has experience is working with the EU on security matters and immigration.
Britain has been in turmoil since June 23’s vote to leave the EU resulting in Cameron’s resignation. While May supported Britain remaining in the EU, she says she will honor the decision.
“Brexit means Brexit and we are going to make a success of it,” May said on Monday. “We need to unite our country … we need a strong new positive vision for the future of our country, a vision of a country that works not for the privileged few, but that works for every one of us because we’re going to give people more control over their lives. And that’s how, together, we will build a better Britain.”
May wishes to begin formal talks to exist the EU as early as the end of the year despite Brussel’s pressure to speed up.
General Election Called
The wake of the Brexit vote caused the pound to hit a 31 year low. The pound did rise briefly after Leadsom (pro-Brexit, no senior ministerial experience) withdrew.
Senior MP Angela Eagle formally launched her leadership against Corbyn. Labour wishes to call a general election soon after May takes office.
May is a 59 year old clergyman’s daughter, and will be Britain’s second female Prime Minister.
She has demonstrated herself to be a leader capable of uniting the country, and a tough negotiator. These skills will allow her to stand up to Brussels over what is anticipated to be tough talks over Britain’s exit.
Leadsom’s withdrawal shows that all top Brexit campaigners- Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Leadsom and Nigel Farage- have removed themselves from leadership.
“Brexiteers threw rocks through the window, now they’re all running away from the house,” author Salman Rushdie said on Twitter.
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