Theresa May on July 13 will become the
prime minister who leads Britain into
talks to quit the European Union, after her
last rival in the bid to succeed David
Cameron pulled out.
May became the only contender after
Andrea Leadsom – who had stirred a
storm for suggesting she was more
qualified to be premier because she had
children – abruptly quit the race on July
11.
Cameron later announced May would take
over from him on July 13, when he will to
go to Queen Elizabeth II and tender his
resignation after one final Prime
Minister’s Questions session in
parliament.
“We’ll have a new prime minister in that
building behind me by Wednesday [July
13] evening,” he said in a statement
outside 10 Downing Street.
Accompanied by her banker husband
Philip and surrounded by supportive MPs,
a smiling May later stressed the need “to
negotiate the best deal for Britain in
leaving the EU” in brief comments outside
parliament.
Cameron chaired a farewell Cabinet
meeting July 12 before handing over
power to May.
Britain has faced the worst political
turmoil in generations following June 23’s
shock referendum vote to leave the
European Union.
The outcome prompted Cameron to step
down, plunging his ruling Conservative
party into a bitter leadership race.
At the same time, the head of the main
opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn,
is also facing a challenge to his job.
Senior MP Angela Eagle formally
launched her bid on July 11, and
Labour’s election coordinator, Jon
Trickett, said the opposition party should
brace for a general election soon after
May takes office.
“I am now putting the whole of the party
on a general election footing,” Trickett
added.
Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela
Merkel said she expected the new British
government to “quickly” define its
relationship with the EU after May
becomes the new premier.
“The United Kingdom will need to quickly
clarify how it wants its ties with the
European Union to be in future,” Merkel
said late July 11 at a reception for
diplomats north of Berlin.
Merkel reiterated that it was now up to
London to formally trigger Article 50 to
leave the EU following last month’s shock
referendum backing a “Brexit” or British
exit from the Union.
Only then could negotiations on any future
relationship between Britain and the EU
begin, she added

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