UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation on Friday after failing to deliver on Brexit, Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
May said she would quit as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7 but would stay on as Prime Minister until a successor is chosen.
According to media reports, May was forced to resign after losing the support of her Cabinet.
“May’s announcement will set off a frantic race to succeed her. One leading candidate is Boris Johnson, the buffoonish but wily former Foreign Secretary who commands significant support among grassroots members of the party,” reported CNN.
According to CNN, Johnson has bitterly opposed the withdrawal deal that May negotiated with the EU, and resigned from her Cabinet over it.
“But it’s unclear whether her successor would have any luck reopening the deal, which Brussels has insisted is locked down. May’s successor as prime minister will face the same deadlocked House of Commons, which has repeatedly rejected May’s plan but failed to vote in favor of any kind of alternative,” CNN added.
A new general election may be called.