Published: Tue, July 12, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Theresa May set to be next British PM

The new prime minister of England spoke about "negotiating the best deal for Britain" as she steers the nation following the Brexit vote and forging a new role for the United Kingdom within the global economy.

"As PM, I will make sure that we leave the European Union", she said.

David Cameron has said he will take Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday and then head to Buckingham Palace and officially tender his resignation to the Queen and recommend she sends for Theresa May as his replacement. May supported the Remain camp in the national referendum, but is determined to see through the will of the majority, saying a new relationship will be forged for Britain in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Meanwhile, in a sign of the continued shockwaves of the referendum vote, the opposition Labour party was also engaged in a leadership race on Monday, as Angela Eagle formally announced she would challenge Jeremy Corbyn - just 10 months after Corbyn was elected.

Another of Mrs Leadsom's backers, Halesowen & Rowley Regis MP James Morris MP, said: "I am disappointed that Andrea Leadsom has stepped aside, however I can understand and agree with the reasons why. We need to unite our country. we are going to give people more control over their lives and that is how we will build a better Britain", she, who is now the home secretary said in her first speech.

Mr Cameron, meanwhile, said he was "delighted" that 59-year-old Mrs May would replace him in Downing Street.

May and Leadsom were to contest a ballot of Conservative party members, with the result to be declared by September 9.

May campaigned for the Remain side in the build-up to the June 23 European Union referendum and many hardline Brexiteers - including the UK Independence Party (UKIP) - supported Leadsom's bid because she was in favour of Brexit before the vote.

"At a time where much of the country feels uncertain about our place and standing in the world, and the need to provide robust and clear leadership on the economy, Teresa May has the experience, credentials and strength to take our country forward".

Cameron had already announced in June that he would step down by October.

Two of the leading Brexiteers, former London Mayor Boris Johnson and Justice Secretary Michael Gove, were briefly Conservative leadership contenders, and May could show magnanimity by putting them in her Cabinet.

May will have to keep Leave-supporting Conservative heavyweights onside if she is to heal the splits in the party caused by the referendum. Theresa May is set to become Britain's next prime minister after her only rival pulled out in a dramatic twist Monday as turmoil sweeps the political scene following the Brexit vote.

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