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WorldBritain’s Theresa May to Resign as Party Leader Friday, Kicking Off Race for Successor

04:25  07 june  2019
04:25  07 june  2019 Source:   usnews.com

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Several Conservative Party lawmakers are jockeying for their colleagues' backing as British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to resign her post as the party leader on Friday, kicking off a formal process to find her successor, who will ultimately become the next prime minister.

May, who has held the position since 2016, has been pushed out because of political deadlock over the U.K.'s departure from the European Union. U.K. lawmakers have three times rejected May's plan for Brexit, forcing the date of the U.K.'s departure to be delayed from March to the end of October.

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LONDON – Theresa May announced Friday that she will resign as her party ’ s leader on June 7 and make way for a new British prime minister later this May set out her departure plans shortly after a Friday morning meeting with Graham Brady, chair of the Conservative Party ’ s powerful backbench

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation on Friday after three years of trying and failing to pull Britain out of the European Union, throwing her country into an unpredictable situation and setting off a bare-knuckled contest among other Conservative lawmakers to replace her.

While May will resign as the leader of the governing Conservative Party on Friday, she will stay on as prime minister during the selection process. She has reportedly said she will not officially resign as prime minister until someone is chosen who she believes has the support of the House of Commons.

Lawmakers are wary of candidates who support a no-deal Brexit, and the government, propped up by the Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party, only holds a slim majority in Parliament. Should a new leader face a vote of confidence – a vote where members of Parliament indicate whether or not they support the prime minister – and lose, a national general election could be triggered.

The process of selecting May's successor is expected to take until the end of July. Eleven lawmakers are currently in the running and nominations are due Monday. Each candidate must have the backing of at least eight members of Parliament to be considered.

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Theresa May announces she will formally resign as Conservative party leader on 7 June. Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Theresa May is elected Conservative leader and, having backed remain, seeks to burnish her credentials as someone who can unite her party by appointing

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The candidates will then be whittled down by a series of votes: In the first vote, candidates will need the backing of more than 16 conservative lawmakers to move forward. In a second vote, the nominees will need the support of more than 32 colleagues. Voting then continue in rounds until there are two candidates left, with the least vote-getting candidate each round kicked out of consideration.

Once two candidates are remaining, some 160,000 Conservative Party members across the U.K. will vote between the two. The winner of the contest will become the next leader and, as a result, the new prime minister. The new leader is expected to be announced the week of July 22.

The lawmakers who have so far said they will run have varying views on Brexit, which will be the foremost issue as the selection process progresses.

Frontrunner Borris Johnson, former mayor of London and ex-foreign secretary, has said that he would like the U.K. to break from the EU on Oct. 31 "deal or no deal," according to the BBC, but would prefer to leave with a renegotiated deal. He said he wants to remove the "Irish backstop" – a provision that seeks to prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland – from the already-negotiated Withdrawal Agreement Plan and replace it with another measure to avoid a hard border.

The EU, however, has been adamant that the Withdrawal Agreement Plan – including the backstop – is not open for renegotiation.

Johnson is not alone in wanting to renegotiate the withdrawal deal – seven of the 11 candidates support some kind of revamped deal, according to the U.K.-based think tank Institute for Government, with about half of those candidates unwilling to delay Brexit further, setting up the potential for a hard break from the bloc.

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