LondonBritish Prime Minister Theresa May has told MEPs to resign after the Brexit deal in early June. How exactly this process should look like is still unclear. The most important questions and answers at a glance:
That's not sure yet. Some of the Conservative MPs have been dissatisfied with the head of government for months. Theresa May had messed up the Brexit negotiations and had to go to the European Union (EU) a harder line, they say. After the conservative ruling party in the local elections has done so badly as in decades and not threatened in the European elections, a bad defeat, the calls for their resignation were increasingly louder.
On Thursday afternoon, according to influential party colleague Graham Brady, May announced that she would decide "the timetable for the election" of a new party leader (or a new party leader), regardless of whether parliament, following the upcoming parliament vote on the Brexit deal agrees to the Brexit deal or not.
A vote is considered unlikely anyway, especially since the opposition party Labor had declared on Friday the talks held since early April between the ruling party and Labor over a compromise in the Brexit dispute for ended.
Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a letter to the Prime Minister that "by deciding on May's resignation, the government's position has become even more unstable and its authority has waned." That is why he came to the conclusion that the negotiations with the government will no longer be successful.
"I believe that talks on a compromise on leaving the European Union have come as far as it was possible." Labor has long feared that any agreement could be rejected by the next head of government.
So Theresa May is back in early June?
Not necessarily. The prime minister has, after all, repeatedly ignored calls for resignation and even passed a formal vote of no confidence. In addition, so far only "the timetable" for their resignation has been agreed. It is speculated that the Prime Minister still hopes to get her deal through Parliament and then stay in office for a few more weeks.
In Britain, however, it is believed that in the summer, the election begins on May's successor and then move out of their office and residence in the number 10 Downing Street. Angry MPs are already discussing changing the rules for calling a no-confidence vote so that May can be overthrown if necessary.
How is the choice for May's succession?
The candidates have to be nominated internally. If there is only one candidate (or one candidate), this is appointed party chairman and is thus also prime minister. If there are several candidates, the selection process starts.
In several voting sessions, the deputies of the party choose their favorite. The last-placed loses the race. In the current case, it is expected that a vote will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If the list shrank to two candidates, the party members vote on the winner. Usually, the procedure takes several weeks.
Who is hoping for the office?
About 20 politicians can allegedly imagine succeeding May. Some of them have already declared publicly that they will enter the race for the post. These include former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Andrea Leadsom, Development Secretary Rory Stewart and former Labor Minister Esther McVey.
Other nominees include Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt, Interior Minister Sajid Javid, Defense Minister Penny Mordaunt, Minister of Agriculture Michael Gove and ex-Brexit Minister Dominic Raab.
And who will be the next Prime Minister?
There is a clear favorite: former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson. This has been said for years that he has the office of the Prime Minister in view. On Thursday, he also publicly stated that he would run "of course". In polls he is ahead.
However, the politician, who always attracts attention with provocative theses, is indisputable at home and abroad. Several of his colleagues have threatened to leave the party when he makes the race. However, given the current mood in politics, it is clear that a Brexit advocate has the best chance – be it Boris Johnson or another.
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