For weeks now, the United Kingdom has been trying to figure out who will be its next prime minister.
After Theresa May failed to get support in Parliament for her Brexit plan to pull the U.K. out of the European Union, she announced her resignation. But, she is staying on until her successor is chosen.
The front-runner to replace her as head of the Conservative Party and become the new prime minister is former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson.
The other candidate in the two-way race is the current foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Party members will decide the winner and the result is expected to be announced on July 23.
Meanwhile, there’s political change in Europe too. Just this week, the EU nominated the German defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, to become commission president.
So, what does all of this mean for Brexit? And, will the U.K. leave the EU at the end of October with a deal that both sides can live with?
- Helen Thomas, CEO and Founder of Blonde Money. She provides financial and political analysis.
- Joe Twyman, co-founder and director of Deltapoll.
- Klaus Larres, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
- Federiga Bindi, non-resident scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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