(PM) – Theresa May is set to announce her resignation date tomorrow, following the resignation of Andrea Leadsom from her cabinet
The Prime Minister is under increasing pressure to resign after her new Brexit deal was sunk by MPs. Reports suggest that May will tell Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee, that she will leave in early June.
The Prime Minister has bought herself time as Parliament has risen for its Whitsun recess. Due to the state visit of Donald Trump, backbenchers would be ill-advised to move against May. Thus, May will likely signal that she will depart during the week of June 7. May is due to bring her revised deal back to the Commons on the 7th, with a vote expected on the 10th. Current predictions show May is once more set to suffer another defeat, and could hint at a departure date.
May has faced repeated calls for her resignation since her Brexit deal was defeated three times in succession. The Prime Minister instead chose to battle on, but now, many fear the days are numbered with the Prime Minister possibly announcing her departure as soon as tomorrow.
What happens next?
Following May’s departure and resignation as leader, a contest will be triggered to find the next leader of the Party. This will likely lead to a number of candidates coming forward, all battling for the keys to Number 10. There are already a number of candidates who are setting out policy ideas in anticipation of a leadership contest.
The process used by the Conservative Party is not simple. To select a new leader potential candidates must put themselves forward to be shortlisted. This may also require the support of two other MPs to secure their place on the shortlist.
Once a shortlist of candidates is compiled, the remaining Conservative MPs will vote in a series of ballots. This method acts as a way of whittling down the candidates to a final two. Once the final two are selected by MPs, the decision then falls on the members of the Party. Members will then have the ability to elect one of the final two as leader of the Conservative Party. What is more, as the Conservative Party is in government, the new leader immediately assumes the role of Prime Minister, without the need for a general election.
Until Mrs. May announces her departure, she will continue to fight on and deliver the Brexit deal that has now formed the cornerstone of her policy. Once a new leader is elected, that leader will then inherit the challenges of Brexit and will subsequently have to deliver what May has failed to do thus far.