Tories 'Finished': Theresa May's Successor Will Struggle to Deliver Brexit - UK Politician

Saul Bowman
June 10, 2019

The Conservative premier's turbulent time in office was swamped and ultimately sunk by her legacy-defining battle to secure a Brexit divorce deal.

She will remain in Downing Street as Prime Minister and acting Conservative Party leader during the leadership contest until a successor is chosen.

The right-populist politician maintained on the campaign trail ahead of the European Parliament election last month that the Brexit Party will not only seek to ensure that the United Kingdom leaves the EU, but will "change politics for good" and lead a "peaceful revolution" to overturn the establishment political system which he describes as "rotten to the core".

Anti-EU populist Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party failed to win its first seat in Britain's parliament as it lost out to the main opposition Labour Party in a crunch by-election, results on Friday showed.

Boris Johnson, former foreign secretary and leading Brexiteer, is the favourite among 11 candidates to replace May in the two-phase leadership election.

Despite the loss, Farage said the result showed that British politics had "fundamentally changed", with the stranglehold of the long-dominant Conservative and Labour parties now broken.

The Tory party chose to change the rules of leadership election to speed things up after criticism at the number of people coming forward for the job.

She was forced by her party to agree to set out a timetable for her departure, but asked for time to give lawmakers a fourth chance to vote on the agreement in early June.

She became prime minister in the aftermath of the 2016 Brexit referendum which swept away her predecessor David Cameron. Conservative Party MPs will then vote for their preferred candidates in a series of secret ballots held on June 13, 18, 19 and 20.

It could well be that if that doesn't happen; the Brexit Party will actually continue the success it's been having, and could actually take over the mantle of Conservativism in the UK.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's time as Conservative Party leader ended today, not with a bang but a whimper.

The front-runner, Boris Johnson, has warned that the Conservatives face "extinction" if Britain doesn't leave the European Union on Oct 31. To succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in parliament where I have not.

The difference between the two candidates was just 683 votes.

But the chances that Britain's 27 European Union partners would consider reopening the legally binding divorce agreement appear slim at best.

The Conservative leadership contest risks deepening the rift in the party over when, how or even if to leave the European Union - with a few of the almost dozen contenders ruling out serving in a future cabinet - if they are vanquished and lose out to a rival.

Hard-core Brexiteers in the leadership contest say they would rather leave the bloc with no deal than countenance a further delay.

Thursday's election was called after Peterborough's previous Labour lawmaker was jailed for lying about a speeding offence and then fired by a public petition.

Sputnik has discussed the issue with Brexit Party MEP Diane James. Amber Rudd, a current pensions minister and a Europhile, said, "I think it's outrageous to consider proroguing parliament", citing King Charles I, who shuttered parliament in the 17th century, triggering a civil war.

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