Who will be Britain’s next Prime Minister?

Jul 08, 2016 08.00PM |
 

by Sean Chong

NOW that David Cameron is out of the picture, who’s in? It’s down to two women: Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom. We take a look at who else might have had their eyes on the prize.

 

Jeremy Corbyn

1. Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party) – Voted Remain

This is the “oblivious” man who “obviously” wanted Britain to get out. After being lambasted of leading Labour Party “into oblivion”, Mr Corbyn has made no contribution to Remain campaign and proved himself incapable of ensuring that Labour voters voted remain. What now? Everybody has urged him to resign, but he refused.

 

Theresa May

2. Theresa May (Home Secretary) – Voted Remain

“I’m the best person to be PM.”

Following the resignation of Mr Cameron, Mrs May launched her bid in the Tory party leadership race. She is by far the frontrunner (she won 199 MPs in the second round of voting). Despite having campaigned for Britain to stay in the EU, she has said she would respect the outcome of Brexit and believes she is the only person capable of uniting the party and country. She has also suggested that the status of EU nationals living in the UK would form part of the Brexit negotiations.

 

George Osborne

3. George Osborne (Chancellor of the Exchequer) – Voted Remain

Known perhaps as the “worrier” of the entire referendum, Mr Osborne had warned about the consequences of the post-Brexit economy. Following the EU vote, he proposed a reduction on corporation tax to “below 15 per cent – five points lower than its current 20 per cent rate” to boost Britain’s economy. Mr Osborne, however, has declared that he would not contest to be the next Prime Minister.

 

Michael Gove

4. Michael Gove (Justice Secretary) – Voted Leave

In a stunning backstabbing move, Mr Gove dropped a surprise “last-minute” bid to run in the Tory party leadership race and criticised Mr Johnson for being unable to “provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead”. Some say that was his plan all along. Could he have been the next Prime Minister? Seems he doesn’t want to be – if you believe him, that is.

 

Boris Johnson

5. Boris Johnson (Leave Campaign Leader, Former Major of London) – Voted Leave

Bojo has lost his mojo. Mr Johnson was supposed to run in the Tory party leadership race to replace PM David Cameron, but he has bowed out suddenly. After consulting colleagues, he said he was not the right person for the role. “The next Tory leader would have to unify the party and the country’s Leave and Remain supporters to ensure Britain stand tall in the world,” he said. Many people believe his “last minute” withdrawal was due to being knifed by his campaign running mate, Mr Gove.

 

Nigel Farage

6. Nigel Farage (United Kingdom Independence Party UKIP) Voted Leave

Prime Minister? Nah. Not for the man who “[wants] his life back”. Known for this leadership in the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Mr Farage has been accused of stirring up anti-immigrant sentiments to push his agenda of leaving the EU. He’s done it, which is why it was time for him to resign, he said.

 

Gisela Stuart

7. Gisela Stuart (Chairman of the Vote Leave campaign, Labour MP & Birmingham MP) Voted Leave

Chairman of the official Vote Leave campaign during the referendum, Ms Stuart – according to the Birmingham Post – said after the vote was in: “It is now the responsibility for us as politicians to act in the best interest of the nation. Calm down, take cool steps, put that process in place.” But could she have been the next PM? Unlikely.

 

Andrea Leadsom

8. Andrea Leadsom (Energy & Climate Change Minister) – Voted Leave

Mrs Leadsom has joined the Tory party leadership race, claiming “this is something I really long to do”. She is opposed to Mrs May’s immigration proposal, stating that EU nationals in Britain will not be used as “bargaining chips”. In the latest vote by MPs, she defeated Mr Gove by receiving 84 votes, which put her straight into the final competition against Mrs May.

 

David Cameron

David Cameron (British Prime Minister & Conservative Party Leader) – Voted Remain

Whoever becomes the next PM, Mr Cameron will be remembered as the man who gambled away his country. His woes began in 2015 when he was facing a tough election, he promised that if his political party was elected, he would hold a referendum on whether Britain should stay in the EU. This has turned out to be a fatal miscalculation on his part, and he has resigned.

 

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