English Prime Minister Theresa May dropped a stunner Wednesday when she said she was set up to step down before the next phase of Brexit negotiations, bowing to pressure from members of the Conservative Party who want her to resign, such as former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.
“I am set up to leave this job sooner than I expected so as to make the right decision for our nation and our party,” May told backbench Conservative lawmakers. “I have heard all around plainly the state of mind of the parliamentary party. I know there is a desire for a new approach — and new leadership — in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, and I won’t stand in the way of that.”
The announcement came following an especially frightening week for the British chief, in which she attempted to shore up help for her twice-defeated Brexit bargain, communicated lament that Brexit Day was pushed back until at least April 12 and delivered a spectacularly ill-judged speech blaming fellow lawmakers for the Brexit impasse.
All things considered, it came as a surprise to some that May — known for her firmness — at long last quit. Or on the other hand, did she? Her announcement was a great May fudge in which there was much that was not said. When, precisely, would she leave? What will occur if she unloved Brexit bargain doesn’t go through Parliament?
In any case, at whatever point she hands over the keys to 10 Downing Street, the race to supplant her is on.
Here are the leading candidates to replace May as Prime Minister, and their odds, according to the bookmaker William Hill.
Michael Gove (5-2)
Britain’s environment secretary is the bookmaker’s favorite to replace May. Gove, a prominent Brexiteer and one of the Conservative Party’s more cerebral figures, played a key role in the 2016 Vote Leave campaign. He has been loyal to May since returning to the cabinet, but his reputation took a hit after he was accused of betraying Johnson in the 2016 leadership contest.
Boris Johnson (5-1)
The flamboyant former outside secretary and the main Brexiteer is a clear front-runner. Johnson is that rare legislator who has cross-party bid. He served two terms as the civic chairman of London — an amazing accomplishment in a city that normally cast a ballot Labor. In any case, his fame started to droop after the 2016 European Union choice, particularly in professional E.U. urban communities, for example, London, and he got blended surveys for his time as foreign secretary. His biggest challenge could be marshaling support from individual lawmakers in the primary period of the leadership race. Even though he isn’t the pinup he once was, his star power is still hard to match.
Jeremy Hunt (7-1)
Jeremy Hunt wound up outside secretary after Johnson resigned over May’s treatment of Brexit negotiations. Already, Hunt filled in as wellbeing secretary, a position he held for about six years. In the 2016 submission, he voted in favor of Britain to remain yet has since said he has had a difference in heart, referring to the E.U’s. “arrogance” in the Brexit negotiations.
David Lidington (7-1)
David Lidington is May’s facto deputy and seen as a protected pair of hands. An affable politician, he has been referenced as a potential “caretaker” executive. He as of late told reporters, “One thing that working closely with the Prime Minister does is cure you completely of any lingering shred of ambition to want to do that task.”
Sajid Javid (9-1)
Sajid Javid is the first ethnic-minority politician to serve as Britain’s home secretary. A long-lasting Euroskeptic, he reluctantly supported “stay” in the 2016 submission. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he said he cast a ballot to stay in the alliance with a “heavy heart and no excitement.” His folks moved to Britain from Pakistan. At the point when Javid took over as home secretary a year ago, he guaranteed to “do appropriate” by the “Windrush generation” — people who were welcomed from Commonwealth nations in the Caribbean to help reconstruct Britain after World War II and afterward observed their entitlement to be in Britain authoritatively addressed as of late. They could have been “me, my mum or my father,” he said.
Other front-runners include Dominic Raab, the former Brexit secretary; Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading Brexiteer; Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons; and Amber Rudd, the work and pensions secretary.
It is possible May won’t muscle her Brexit bargain through Parliament and stay put. Perhaps prime minister hopefuls should wait before they start ordering new curtains for 10 Downing Street.
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