David Cameron, Prime Minister of Britain, will be officially resigning on Wednesday, July 13. The move comes following the controversial “leave” Brexit vote, and Cameron will be replaced by Theresa May, current Home Secretary, immediately following his official exit from office.
On Monday, May was named as the new Conservative party leader and as the successor to David Cameron. According to the chair of the 1922 committee, her new role in the government of Britain becomes “effective immediately.” The 1922 committee is a group of conservative members of British parliament with a large role in electing party leaders. Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced immediately following the Brexit vote that he would be resigning his position, is expected to be officially replaced by May on Wednesday night, reports CNN.
Following the Brexit vote, Cameron announced that he would be leaving his job no later than October. The Prime Minister had steadfastly attempted to keep his nation from leaving the EU, an effort that ultimately ended in failure.
Following the controversial vote in which UK citizens voted overwhelmingly to exit the EU, multiple politicians vied for the opportunity to replace outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron, but by Monday, May was the last woman standing.
Following the news that Theresa May would be running unopposed for the position of Conservative party leader (and replacement Prime Minister), David Cameron made the announcement that he would be vacating his post sooner rather than later.
“Obviously, with these changes, we now don’t need to have a prolonged period of transition. And so tomorrow I will chair my last cabinet meeting. On Wednesday I will attend the House of Commons for prime minister’s questions. And then after that I expect to go to the palace and offer my resignation. So we will have a new prime minister in that building behind me by Wednesday evening.”
Prime Minister Cameron made the announcement to a group of reporters near 10 Downing Street.
There have been some questions as to whether Theresa May’s un-elected rise to the position of Prime Minister is representative of Britain’s democratic ideals. Essentially, she was handed the position without being voted upon when her final political rival dropped out of the race. The initial five candidates chosen by the 329 members of Britain’s Conservative party were whittled down to only two by the same group of just over 300 representatives. The final decision was supposed to be in the hands of 150,000 more, but that final vote was omitted when Theresa May’s competition Andrea Leadsom unceremoniously dropped out of contention.
“There is an absurdity in the system that a prime minister can be chosen by people who are supporters of one party when it is in government.”
Despite the seemingly inexplicable and undemocratic method used by May to rise to the position of Prime Minister and to take over David Cameron’s role in Britain’s government, the exiting Prime Minister has promised to give his replacement his “full support” in her new position.
Indeed, Prime Minister David Cameron fully supported rival Leadsom’s choice to drop out of the running for the Prime Minister position, and he has called Theresa May “strong and competent.”
Less optimistic politicians and pundits have said that Theresa May wasn’t trying to “thwart democracy” by taking over for Prime Minister David Cameron, but rather, she was “the last one standing for a job no one else really wanted.”
Prior to the June 23 Brexit vote, incoming Prime Minister May supported the “remain” campaign, but following the vote, she has vowed to uphold the will of the voters.
“Brexit means Brexit, and we’re going to make a success of it. There will be no attempts to remain inside the EU. No attempts to rejoin it by the back door. No second referendum.”
Now that Theresa May has been affirmed as the soon-to-be Prime Minister of Britain, she has doubled down on her promise to facilitate a quick and smooth Brexit transition.
What do you think? Did the Brexit “leave” vote signal the end of David Cameron’s political career? Was David Cameron right to step down as Prime Minister of Britain following his unsuccessful “remain” campaign?
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