Boris Johnson, a prominent campaigner for British withdrawal from the European Union, says he will not be a candidate for leadership of Conservative Party. Johnson’s decision means Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Home Secretary Theresa May are front-runners in the race.
They and others will compete to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron.
Britain’s powerful Home Secretary Theresa May today launched her bid to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron, saying the country needs strong proven leadership to negotiate the best possible terms for the UK leaving the EU.
“My pitch is very simple. I’m Theresa May and I think I’m the best person to be prime minister of this country,” May, who has been the UK’s longest serving home secretary, said at a press conference.
She underlined that “Brexit means Brexit” as she announced that she will be running for party leadership contest, which is set to conclude by September 9.
Others already in the race include work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb and former defence secretary Liam Fox, making it a five-way contest so far. A short-list of two candidates will move forward to the final stages of party voting.
Whoever next ends up in No. 10 Downing Street will begin extracting the UK from the economic bloc as Cameron said it will be the new PM who will take the negotiations forward.