Conservative Party leader and former home secretary Theresa May is all set to take over as the second Female British prime minister after David Cameron. Cameron left Downing Street this morning for his final Prime Minister's Questions before handing over power to Theresa May.
There will otherwise be a focus on the normal policy agenda with a view to handing over current priorities to May and her team. Cameron, who until Monday was expected to remain in office until September, had hoped to spend the summer focusing on his cross-government life chances strategy, a policy in which May has expressed interest.
The home secretary will spend her final day before becoming prime minister in her parliamentary office working primarily on putting together her team, who will need to be in place within days.
Here’s what you need to know about her:
Who is she?
Theresa Mary May MP (born 1 October 1956) is a British politician who is the presumed next Prime Ministerof the United Kingdom, and has been Leader of the Conservative Party since 11 July 2016, the Home Secretary from 2010 to 2016, and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Maidenhead since 1997.
How she reached?
Soon after the ‘BREXIT’, Prime Minister Cameron announced his decision to step down shortly after. The Conservative Party announced a leadership race to find an MP to fill Cameron’s shoes. Former London Mayor and the face of Leave campaign, Boris Johnson, who was widely believed to be the next prime minister, decided against running after Lord Chancellor Michael Gove threw his hat into the race. That left the party with two options, Andrea Ledsom and May; the former made a dramatic exit from the race citing lack of support for her candidature,that left the field open for May to get elected unopposed as the Leader of the Conservative Party.
Her stance on ‘BREXIT’ !
“Brexit means Brexit,” she said, adding that there won’t be any bargaining post-referendum or a backdoor to the EU.
With pound took a beating and markets across the world lost millions of dollars in shares,
May said she would not immediately invoke Article 50 that would begin the process of Britain pulling out of the EU. May said she would begin negotiations immediately with representatives of the EU over thrashing out a new deal for Britain.
Mrs May, who backed a vote to remain in the EU, will unveil her full ministerial team over the next couple of days, with the focus on the key positions of chancellor and foreign secretary as well who will be put in charge of leading the Brexit negotiations.
She is expected to promote a number of women to senior positions, with International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd among those likely to get upward moves.
Asked her about her prospects, Ms Rudd told reporters: "I haven't been told anything yet so I'm just going to get on with my day job".