Theresa May is Likely To Be Next UK Prime Minister After Opponent Abruptly Quits Race

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 8.57.36 AMAs Great Britain continues to move forward from its vote to leave the European Union, it now seems more clear than ever who will be the one to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister.

Home Secretary Theresa May is now the only candidate left in the running after Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom abandoned her effort today to become the leader of the Conservative Party. The development comes as a surprise to the both sides of the race, though some have suggested that Leadsom’s decision comes after getting blowback for a Times of London interview where she said that being a mother made her the more qualified choice.

Leadsom announced that she will offer May her full support during a press event outside her home at around noon local time.

“[May] is ideally placed to implement Brexit in the best possible terms for the British people, and she has promised that she will do so,” Leadson said. “I have… concluded that the interests of our country are best served by the immediate appointment of a strong and well-supported prime minister.

Cameron announced after the Brexit vote last month that he will leave office some time in Autumn, having failed in his effort to see that the UK remains with the EU. Under the UK’s parliamentary system, the leader of the government’s ruling party is, by virtue, the head of state.

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