Following the United Kingdom’s decision that it will leave the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron made the announcement that he is resigning, effective later this year. However, the big question now is around who will be the next Prime Minister of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
According to the Financial Times, David Cameron’s resignation will trigger a leadership election within the Conservative party, the governing party in the United Kingdom. However, following the referendum campaign, the party is distinctly split, and that’s likely to have sway over the party’s next leader.
Whilst announcing his resignation, David Cameron set out something of a timetable for the country’s new leader to be put in place. The Conservative party is set to hold its annual conference in October this year, with Cameron expressing that the party is looking to have a new leader in place by that time. However, the process is expected to be a long and difficult one, with a number of potential candidates who are set to seek election as the next leader of the Conservative party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
It will be the responsibility of Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench 1922 committee, to oversee the process of choosing the country’s next prime minister. Candidates will need to apply to Brady if they wish to be included in the leadership election. After garnering the support of enough parliamentary representatives, each candidate in the race will then need to put their case to the members of the Conservative party, who will essentially choose the country’s next prime minister.