- Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the last two candidates for the position for British prime minister
- This comes after Michael Grove was eliminated from the race
- The final decision will be made in July
Following the resignation of Former British Prime Minister Theresa May, the race to determine the next prime minister of the UK went into full swing and saw many promising candidates emerge. Following a period of several debates and votes in parliament, it now seems that the top two candidates have emerged.
On June 21, 2019, it was reported that the two remaining candidates in the race for prime ministership are Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. This came after five rounds of voting by the Conservative Party and now grassroots members of the party will make the final decision.
Boris and Hunt
In the most recent round of voting in Parliament, 312 votes were counted with one vote rejected and when the results were announced, Boris Johnson emerged the winner with 160 votes while Jeremy Hunt came in second with 77 votes. Michael Gove had also been a potential Prime Minister candidate but was shut out of the race after securing 75 votes.
Now that this has taken place, the Conservative Party will pick a final winner next month and in the meantime, the debate about how the UK will handle Brexit is still ongoing with conversations ranging from workers rights to the Irish border.
The candidates will also engage in debates leading up to the final decision and according to David Lidington, who is the deputy of former Prime Minister Theresa May, he hopes that the debates being held will focus not just on Brexit and noted that the party’s aging demographic means that they will need to find a way to attract young supporters as well as increase their popularity among minorities if they hope to survive into the future.
“The members deserve a proper debate about the challenges that face the country and the Conservative Party,” Lidington said. “The Tory party is facing some existential political challenges. And the union of the United Kingdom is under greater strain than I’ve ever known in my life.”
Whichever of the two men is victorious in the end, he will have to not only guide the UK in its exit from the European Union but will also have to repair their party’s reputation following the drama that has surrounded Brexit as well as lead the country into the future.