Brexit: Who after Theresa May?

Brexit: Who after Theresa May?

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London, Jun 8: After the British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday announced to formally step down as leader of the governing Conservatives Party, a contest to replace her has officially been triggered.

Though the former foreign minister Boris Johnson is the favourite to win, the moot question is: Will the new leader embrace a tougher stance on Brexit. The contenders for the party leader position also include Jeremy Hunt, and Michael Gove.Theresa May's resignation was necessitated because she was unable to fulfil her pledge to take Britain out of the EU during her time as Prime Minister. However, she will continue to work as prime minister until her party elects a new leader.

Mrs May, once a reluctant supporter of European Union membership who emerged from the chaos after the 2016 referendum as prime minister, stepped down with her central pledge — to lead Britain out of the bloc and heal the country's divisions — unfulfilled.The challenge before the new leader will be to deliver Britain's biggest foreign policy shift in more than 40 years.

The contest to replace her has been heating up for weeks, with candidates arguing over the rights and wrongs of a so-called no-deal Brexit, or leaving the EU without a deal.Official nominations will be received on Monday. The selection process should be completed by the end of July. (UNI)