- 10 final candidates have emerged in the race for the Tory leadership
- The winner will replace Theresa May as Prime Minister of the UK
One of the most significant side effects of the Brexit negotiations so far was the resignation of Prime Minister Theresa May following several embarrassing rejections of her Brexit deals in Parliament. During her farewell speech, May stated that whoever would succeed her would be tasked with delivering the Brexit that the people of Britain had voted for.
Even before her resolution was officially announced, it had been speculated that several politicians within her party were already eyeing her seat and now on June 10, 2019, the final 10 contenders for the race to Tory leadership have been announced which sets off yet another political battle, this time for the leadership of Britain.
A New Race
The vice chairman of the Tory party’s backbench 1922 committee Dame Cheryl Gillan made the official announcement of the various candidates who are officially in the running for Prime ministership of the UK. There has been speculation in the last few weeks and many early contenders but the final candidates in the race are Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Former Chief Whip Mark Harper, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Former Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom, Former Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart.
The political process in Britain for choosing of Prime Minister involved the MP that is interested in the seat needing a proposer, a seconder as well as the support of six other parliament members. This is rather important as it helps to weed out candidates at the beginning such as Sam Gyimah who was the only contender who backed another referendum on Brexit. He withdrew from the race after stating that there was not enough time to rally support and gain the adequate votes needed.
While this is going on, Theresa May will continue to lead the Conservative Party until a new prime minister is announced. Some of the interesting candidates include Boris Johnson who is currently on the brink of facing legal action for supposedly false statements made during Brexit campaign as well as Andrea Leadsom, who is attempting to become Prime Minister for the second time having previously gone up against May in 2016.
Regardless of who comes out on top in this race, they will have a huge responsibility on their hands as two previous Prime Ministers have resigned following the matter of Brexit.