WorldTheresa May's departure marks the launch of leadership election; Boris Johnson the early favorite to become next PM

15:20  24 may  2019
15:20  24 may  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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May ’ s departure , formally on June 7, marks the end of her months-long struggle to keep her job despite seething anger from her own Conservative Party Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson , who has long angled for the top job, has emerged as the bookmakers' favorite choice to replace May .

Theresa may ' s departure marks launch of leadership election ; boris johnson the early favorite to become next pm . Her announcement could complicate the upcoming June 3 state visit by President Trump to London to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation as the Conservative Party leader on Friday morning officially started the high-stakes race to replace her, with multiple candidates expected to launch their bids.

May’s departure, formally on June 7, marks the end of her months-long struggle to keep her job despite seething anger from her own Conservative Party over her handling of Brexit.

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Theresa may ' s departure marks the launch of leadership election ; boris johnson the early favorite to become next pm . May said that the contest will begin the week after she resigns, a move that will officially be triggered by the 1922 Committee

European Parliament election . May 2019. Boris Johnson becomes PM . During the 2015 general election campaign, David Cameron, then leader of the Conservative Party the front runners on 29 June were Boris Johnson (Leave) and Theresa May (Remain),[5] with Johnson the early favourite .

“I believe it was right to persevere even when the odds against success seemed high. But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort,” she said outside 10 Downing Street.


Under the party rules, a candidate for the next leader of the party, and thus the country, must be formally proposed and seconded by Conservative members of parliament.

A vote is then held between the MPs with the candidate who gets the least votes eliminated from the round. The vote carries on until two candidates remain. All party members then get a chance to select out of the two remaining candidates.

Boris Johnson

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has long angled for the top job, has emerged as the bookmakers' favorite choice to replace May.

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Theresa May ' s days in Downing Street are coming to a rapid end. The prime minister announced her resignation date on Friday, saying she will step down as leader of the The current bookmakers' favourite is Boris Johnson , but at least ten senior Tories are expected to throw their hat in the ring.

Theresa May is due to make a statement in Downing Street shortly, amid expectation she will announce the date of her departure . Sources say they believe the PM will give a timetable for her successor to be chosen, with 10 June likely to be the start of the leadership race.


Johnson enjoys support from the pro-Brexit wing of the party thanks to him being the face of the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union. His Brexit bona fides were further confirmed last year when he resigned from his position in protest over May’s handling of Brexit negotiations.

The grassroots party membership also sees Johnson as the top viable candidate to be the party’s leader. According to a YouGov poll, 77 percent of Tory members say he was likable, with 70 percent also saying he could win a general election.


Yet Boris is likely to face scrutiny over his personality and crude political pragmatism, which critics say led him to come out in support of Brexit to further his political ambitions and is using the chaos as a vehicle to get into power.

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Boris Johnson , the frontrunner to replace Theresa May as Britain' s prime minister, launched his digital campaign to become the Conservative The launch video follows Johnson on the campaign trail, promising voters that he will take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 "deal or no

Why does Boris Johnson want an early election ? The next general election is not due until Mr Johnson can't just decide to hold an early election . He needs the support of two-thirds of all While such a tactic might appear extreme to outside observers, it would trigger an automatic early election

The BBC reported last week that Johnson confirmed his intention to run for the leader of the party, saying “Of course I’m going to go for it” during a British Insurance Brokers’ Association event.

Dominic Raab

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who served just five months in the role, is another likely contender to throw his hat in the race for the party’s leadership.

He caused embarrassment to May after he resigned from her government last year in protest at her draft Brexit agreement. Raab insisted that the agreement doesn’t match the promises made by the party during the 2017 general election.

According to the bookies, he’s either second or third most likely candidate to replace May. He told the media that he hasn’t ruled out running for the position.

Michael Gove

Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who unsuccessfully ran for the party’s leadership after the Brexit vote, has considerable support among the bookies and Tory members and could be viewed as a middle-ground candidate.

Gove, a policy wonk known for delivering results in government, would be an option that could appeal to both pro-Brexit and pro-Remain wings of the party.

The Downfall of Theresa May, the Prime Minister Broken by Brexit

The Downfall of Theresa May, the Prime Minister Broken by Brexit At 10:11 a.m., a devastated Theresa May walked back in through the black door of Number 10 Downing Street, with tears in her eyes. Once inside, she thanked her staff who welcomed her back with applause and then found her husband, Philip. The couple went through to the prime minister’s private study together for a few moments alone. For May, 62, it was the end she had dreaded but could no longer avoid. After three years battling the impossible contradictions of Brexit, she was resigning as U.K. prime minister, defeated at last. Theresa May announces her resignation outside number 10 Downing Street on May 24.

He was at the forefront of the pro-Brexit campaign yet supported May’s Brexit deal.

If he decides to run for the leadership position, hard Brexiteers are likely to criticize him over his support for May’s deal, though he’s still viewed as a steady pro-Brexit voice among Tory party activists.

Jeremy Hunt

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt took his current role after Johnson’s resignation. He has since made inroads as a supporter of Brexit, even though just like May, he backed the campaign to remain in the European Union in 2016.


Hunt recently compared the E.U. to the Soviet Union, prompting a backlash from European leaders, though the comments were likely met positively among pro-Brexit supporters.

Sajid Javid

Home Secretary Sajid Javid, similarly to Hunt, has become a pro-Brexit voice despite supporting the Remain side during the referendum.

Javid may have an edge against candidates such Johnson because he didn’t come from an elite background. The son of immigrants whose father worked as a bus driver and shopkeeper, if selected, could help the party to shed the perception that it only selects politicians from a privileged background.

He has been enjoying recent political support following his strong stance against letting a British ISIS Jihadi bride come back to the country, even stripping her of her British citizenship.

Andrea Leadsom

Former House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has increased her stock after her shock resignation earlier this week.

She once ran for the party’s leadership following the Brexit vote, attracting significant grassroots support over her strong pro-Brexit stance, though she dropped out the last minute before the leadership vote over her controversial comments.


Unlike other Brexiteers, Leadsom is still less well known and hasn’t held a top cabinet position, likely to cause attacks over her ability to govern whole country.

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