When there are only two candidates left after this process of elimination, the wider Conservative Party membership in a run-off vote to elect one candidate as party leader and prime minister. The winner is expected to be announced on July 22. Brexit, and how the various leadership hopefuls would progress the thorny departure from the EU, has dominated the debate in the run up to the first vote. The EU too has already said it will not re-negotiate the deal.
The U.K. is meant to leave the EU on October 31 and with no deal agreed by Parliament, the prospect of a potential «no-deal» departure has returned to the fore . As such, a lot of attention has been put on the favorite to win the leadership race Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary and mayor of London. On Wednesday, the opposition Labour Party led an attempt to make sure the future prime minister could not push through a «no-deal» Brexit but failed to gain enough votes. Peter Summers | Getty Images News | Getty Images The candidates who are more likely to progress in the leadership race are well-known names in U.K. politics.
Aside from Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, current Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Environment Secretary Michael Gove and former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab are expected to reach a second vote of the vote. The leadership race comes after Theresa May resigned from the party leadership amid tumult over Brexit and her inability to get a majority of Parliament to back her Brexit deal. The agreement struck with the EU lacked support from both so-called «Remainers» and «Leavers» in parliament, however. Whoever becomes the next Tory party and prime minister will still have to confront a divided Parliament.
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