Theresa May poised to become British PM this week

Theresa May poised to become British PM this week
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David Cameron announced plans to step down as British prime minister this week, clearing the way for Theresa MayTheresa Mary MayThe US needs a Secretary of Loneliness EU pushes Brexit deadline back to Jan. 31 Hold the Brexit Champagne MORE to become the country’s next leader and its second female prime minister in history.

May, the 59-year-old home secretary, is poised to take the helm of Britain as it navigates an exit from the European Union after her only remaining rival withdrew on Monday. 

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom made the surprise announcement that she was withdrawing from the race following lackluster support from fellow conservatives, with the hopes for a speedy transition.

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“It is clear that Theresa May has the overwhelming support of the Conservative Parliamentary Party,” Cameron said in brief remarks at No. 10 Downing Street

“She is strong, she is competent, she is more than able to provide the leadership that our country is going to need in the years ahead and she will have my full support.”

Cameron will chair a final cabinet meeting on Tuesday and pay a final visit to the House of Commons on Wednesday before drawing his six years at Downing Street to a close.

By the end of the day on Wednesday, May is expected to take over as the leader of the conservative party and the country.

At the end of his remarks to the press, Cameron was caught by a television microphone singing, seemingly merrily.

May was an unexpected selection for prime minister.

Multiple prominent politicians eyed the post and then backed off, as the country struggled to imagine a post-European Union Britain. Former London Mayor Boris Johnson and Justice Secretary Michael Gove, two of the most active proponents of leaving the E.U., surprised the world by passing up chances to run for the top slot in recent weeks.

May herself was a reluctant opponent of the so-called “Brexit” campaign, but she was far more restrained than Cameron, who had pinned his political hopes on staying in the E.U.

In a brief statement of her own, May said she was “honored and humbled” by her position, and committed to seeing through her nation’s departure from the E.U.  

“Brexit means Brexit,” she pledged.