Theresa May is to become the UK’s prime minister on Wednesday evening – after David Cameron announced he would quit after Prime Minister’s Questions.
Theresa May moved Monday onto an unchallenged path to become Britain’s next prime minister after her lone rival unexpectedly left the race, setting in motion a likely swift move into Downing Street as the country plots its exit from the European Union.
Andrea Leadsom, the country’s energy minister, abandoned her campaign just days after she was voted by Conservative lawmakers to be one of two contenders to campaign for the nation’s top job.
The contest was supposed to last through the summer. But Leadsom’s campaign got off to a rocky start after she touted her motherhood as an advantage in a match-up with the childless May.
Then on Monday, Leadsom said a drawn-out contest would have been harmful to the country at a time when it needs to move quickly with its E.U. split.
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, Mr Cameron said he would offer his resignation to the Queen on Wednesday afternoon at Buckingham Palace.
Mrs May’s only rival to succeed Mr Cameron as Conservative leader, Andrea Leadsom, pulled out earlier on Monday.
Mr Cameron, PM since 2010, said he would quit after the UK’s Brexit vote.
He said he would be chairing his final cabinet meeting on Tuesday.