Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May will become the prime minister who leads the country into Brexit after her rival in the race to succeed David Cameron pulled out unexpectedly.
Theresa was left as the only contender standing after the withdrawal of Andrea Leadsom, who faced criticism for suggesting she was more qualified to be premier because she had children. In a statement delivered outside 10 Downing Street, Cameron announced that she would take over the reins from him on Wednesday, when he is expected to visit Queen Elizabeth II to tender his resignation and recommend Theresa as his successor.
Britain has faced the worst political turmoil in generations following the June 23 shock vote to leave the European Union, which prompted Cameron to step down.The ruling Conservatives have endured a bitter leadership race, while the leader of the main opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, is also facing a challenge to his job.
Theresa supported Britain staying in the EU, she cut a low profile during the referendum and insisted she will honour the vote, stressing: “Brexit means Brexit. There will be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no second referendum.”
Theresa, a 59-year-old clergyman’s daughter, will be Britain’s second woman prime minister after Margaret Thatcher, who was in office from 1979-1990.
She has portrayed herself as the leader who can unite the country following a bitterly divisive campaign, and a tough negotiator who can stand up to Brussels in what promises to be tortuous dialogue over Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Leadsom’s withdrawal means all the top Brexit campaigners — Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Leadsom and outgoing UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage —  have now stepped back from leadership roles.  May wants to begin formal talks to leave the EU by the end of the year despite pressure from Brussels to speed up.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister who heads the Eurogroup of his 19 eurozone counterparts, restated calls for the transfer of power to take place as soon as possible.

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