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Theresa May is set to become the new prime minister of England after it was announced today by the Conservative Party’s 1922 committee that May had been appointed as their new leader, as reported by the BBC. May’s confirmation as Tory leader came after her last remaining Conservative leadership opponent, Andrea Leadsom, announced that she was stepping down earlier today.
On Wednesday, departing Prime Minster David Cameron will meet with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace and “officially tender his resignation,” as well as advise the queen of his endorsement of Theresa May as his replacement. After this, the queen is expected to invite May to form a government and then be seated as the new prime minister of England by Wednesday night.
“Strong leadership is needed urgently to begin the work of withdrawing from the European Union,” were the words of Andrea Leadsom upon bowing out to May. “A nine-week leadership campaign at such a critical moment is highly undesirable.”
As recently as last week, May was reported to be intent on campaigning until September 9, when the leadership race for prime minister of England was originally scheduled to end. May was quoted by the CBC, citing a need for real “open, honest and robust debate” and that whoever was to be the next prime minister of England “needs to have a mandate to lead.”
“Like the ‘Iron Lady,’ who served as prime minister from 1979 to 1990, Home Secretary Theresa May has a reputation for steely determination and a willingness to stand up to the men who traditionally dominate British politics.”
“Brexit means Brexit,” May stated, to agreement from other politicians gathered, “and we’re going to make a success of it.”
May, like Cameron, was known for her desire for the country to remain in the EU and it has been noted that she is now committed to making a success of a plan that she did not support in the first place. Despite this, the new prime minister appears determined to carry out the will of English voters and build a platform based on appealing to needs of regular, middle-class people. Reuters describes May as being perceived by many as a “serious and steady pair of hands.”
May underlined her determination to see through the will of the British people’s vote to leave the EU. 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 U.K. within the global economy.
Theresa May also spoke of a need to “unite” the country and her desire to create a “strong, new, positive vision” for the future. The new prime minister of England spoke of a future designed “not just for the privileged few, but for every one of us.”
Theresa May is 59-years-old and is married to Phillip John May, her second husband, as reported by Heavy. The couple are reported to be childless and have been together since 1980. May is a graduate of St. Hugh’s College at the University of Oxford.
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