Source: Agencies12 Jul 2016 15:28:13
London, July 12: After facing the historical decision of ‘Brexit’, Britain citizens will be facing one more such decision as Prime Minister David Cameron will be officially resigning from his post on Wednesday. Now with Andrea Leadsom drawing out the leadership race, Theresa May will be leading the nation. The energy minister's withdrawal from the contest to replace David Cameron in Downing Street has paved the way for Home Secretary Theresa May, as the only remaining candidate, to be named Tory leader and PM.
David Cameron is marked his final cabinet meeting on Tuesday with some personal remarks about his time as prime minister before welcoming Theresa May into her role as his successor. David Cameron welcomed the development and said he would offer his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday after attending a final session of Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.
The current PM had initially been expected to serve through September, but his departure was hastened when May's last remaining competitor for Conservative Party leadership dropped out of the race earlier Monday.
After failing to convince citizens to remain in the EU during a referendum on June 23, Cameron announced his resignation saying that an EU departed Britain would need another Prime Minister. May had campaigned tepidly for Britain to remain but on Monday sought to reassure those who voted leave that she would respect their wishes.
Conservative lawmakers narrowed the field from five contenders to two, Leadsom and May. Some 150,000 party members were due to choose between them in the coming weeks, and the result would have been announced in September.
It is the latest spin of the political twister unleashed by Britain’s vote to leave the EU. Cameron’s resignation announcement the next day triggered the Tory leadership race. The most prominent contenders to replace him - including “leave” campaign leaders Boris Johnson and Michael Gove fell one by one amid allegations of treachery and scheming.
“It is simply inconceivable that Theresa May should be crowned prime minister without even having won an election in her own party, let alone the country,” said Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron.
May, aged 59, is one of the most experienced ministers in Cameron’s Cabinet, serving in the notoriously difficult job of home secretary, akin to the interior minister’s post in other countries, for six years. May’s accession is unlikely to end Britain’s political turbulence. She will be under immediate pressure to launch formal exit talks with the EU by triggering Article 50 of the bloc’s constitution.