Who will replace Theresa May?

By Sylvia Nkatha

Theresa May’s resignation essentially triggered a contest to bring a new leader to power who is likely to push for a more decisive Brexit divorce deal. Top on the least is Boris Johnson, a backbencher Boris recently backed May’s deal but now supposedly wants no deal.

Dominic Raab, backbencher Raab is former lawyer and staunch Brexiteer who called was for Britain to leave the EU long before the referendum. After David Davis’s resignation as Brexit secretary in July 2018, Mr Raab was appointed his successor, only to resign himself in opposition to Mrs May’s EU deal, which he said he could not “in good conscience” support.

Michael Gove, environment secretary an alleged uniter as noted above.

Jeremy Hunt, foreign secretary.  Hunt campaigned to Remain. Supposedly he is now in favor of Brexit.

Rory Stewart, International development secretary.  Once a Remain supporter, he said he accepted Brexit but wanted “to reach out to Remain voters as well to bring this country together again”.

Andrea Leadsom, former leader of the House of Commons. Leadsom recently resigned, unwilling to back Theresa May’s last gasp effort. “To succeed in a negotiation you have to be prepared to walk away,” stated Leadsom.

Matt Hancock, health secretary. Hancock is another one who strongly backed May’s deal.

Esther McVey, backbencher. Esther McVey quit as work and pensions secretary last November in protest at Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement with the EU.

Theresa May finally bowed to immense pressure from her own party and named 7 June as the day she will step down as Conservative leader, drawing her turbulent three-year premiership to a close.

May, once a reluctant supporter of EU membership, who won the top job in the turmoil that followed the 2016 Brexit vote, steps down with her central pledges to lead the United Kingdom out of the bloc and heal its divisions.

May’s departure will deepen the Brexit crisis as a new leader is likely to want a more decisive split, increasing the chances of a confrontation with the European Union and a snap parliamentary election.