Britain is hours away from installing a new Prime Minister, without an election. Home Secretary Theresa May will take over, after her last challenger quit.
Among her priorities include the talks to take Britain out of the European Union.
CCTV’s Richard Bestic reports from London.
Theresa May to become Britain's PM after rival drops outBritain is hours away from installing a new Prime Minister, without an election. Home Secretary Theresa May will take over, after her last challenger quit. CCTV’s Richard Bestic reports from London.
Theresa May’s last standing rival for the top job, Andrea Leadsom, quit after she suggested in a newspaper interview that she’d make a better Prime Minister because she was a mother. Therese May has no children.
Outgoing Prime Minister welcomed her decision.
“I’m delighted we’re not going to have a prolonged Conservative leadership election campaign. I think Andrea Leadsom has made absolutely the right decision to stand aside and it’s clear Therese May has the overwhelming support of the Conservative Parliamentary Party,” he said.
Britain’s opposition Labor Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn also finds himself gripped by post Brexit turmoil.
A 55-year-old former government minister, Angela Eagle is heading up a wave of dissatisfaction with his leadership and challenging him for his job. “Now I’m not a Blairite, I’m not a Brownite and I’m not a Corbynista,” Eagle said.
There are doubts though as to whether Corbyn will even be able to secure sufficient Parliamentary support to stand for election, with all sides warning the final decision could end up in the hands of waiting lawyers.