British candidates for PM promising to solve the turmoil of Brexit till Oct. 31
A host of candidates to replace Theresa May as British prime minister launched their campaigns on Monday promising to solve the turmoil of Brexit.
May stepped down as leader of the ruling Conservative Party on Friday, having failed three times to win parliament’s support for a European Union divorce deal that was supposed to deal with Britain’s biggest political crisis in a generation.
Nominations to replace her had to be submitted on Monday, and the party’s 1922 Committee, which is running the contest, said 10 candidates had achieved the required support of at least eight of the Conservatives’ 300-plus elected lawmakers.
Sam Gyimah, withdrew shortly before the announcement, he was the only one to support holding a second Brexit referendum.
Nearly all the hopefuls promised they could solve the Brexit conundrum in just three months, between the new leader being chosen at the end of July and the current exit date of Oct. 31.
Dominic Raab promised the United Kingdom would leave the EU on Oct. 31, even if that meant reverting to basic World Trade Organization trade terms.
Others, including Boris Johnson, have made the same promise to leave on time even if it means giving up on a deal with the EU that would smooth the transition. Johnson is not only the bookmakers’ clear favorite but the most popular with the 160,000 party members who will ultimately make a choice.
Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn told a meeting of his lawmakers on Monday that Labour would never accept a ‘no-deal’ exit.
The uncertainty has hit Britain’s economy, which shrank by 0.4% in April, official figures showed on Monday.