Published: Sun, May 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rory Stewart seen 'more of the world' than other Tory candidates

Rory Stewart seen 'more of the world' than other Tory candidates

It will be the first time Conservative members have directly elected a prime minister, as opposed to a leader of the opposition.

He took over as Foreign Secretary from Mr Johnson in 2018, and is seen as a steady if not outstanding Cabinet member.

Party bosses expect a new leader to be chosen by the end of July.

Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, one of the United Kingdom prime minister hopefuls, gives a speech at the JCB Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire, Britain, January 18, 2019.

"It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort", she added.

Hancock follows former foreign minister Boris Johnson, who is seen as the favourite, current foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart and former work and pensions minister Esther McVey in joining the contest.

FILE - In this January 9, 2018 file photo, Matt Hancock smiles after leaving a Cabinet meeting in London.

However, in Brussels, there have already been signals that the Brexit deal they negotiated with May will not be changed.

FILE - Demonstrators hold a banner during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, March 23, 2019.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced her departure date, after months of crises and humiliation over her Brexit plan. I left the room feeling that we had an understanding. French President Emmanuel Macron praised May's " courageous work" and U.S. President Donald Trump said he felt bad for her.

An earlier Labour Party attempt to force an early election failed in January when May's government survived a no-confidence vote.

The Liberal Democrat are also expected to pick up votes.

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By then, the only way out of the mess would be a general election this autumn and the possibility, if Jeremy Corbyn was in a position to form a government, of a third PM in less than six months.

Since then, Mr Johnson has burnished his Leave credentials by walking out of Cabinet alongside David Davis in July a year ago, and has also cleared the decks on a notoriously complicated personal life.

Their positions on a no-deal Brexit is emerging as the "central fault line" says BBC political correspondent Chris Mason. If a hard-line Brexiteer who values full restoration of sovereignty becomes the prime minister, the European Union side will also take a tougher stance. As mayor of London - he served two terms in the post - he handed off day-to-day management to a deputy and was faulted for casualness when it came to the drudgery of administration and oversight. "You learn to keep going".

Most businesses and economists think that would plunge Britain into recession.

Notoriously Johnson announced during the campaign: "My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it". Hunt said moments after May's resignation that he would 'make the announcement of my own candidacy at the appropriate time.

Business leaders in Northern Ireland have warned that Theresa May's successor must not allow a no-deal Brexit to happen. And I've come to the conclusion that Parliament is now so deadlocked by Brexit - and everything else - that Mrs May, the country's 76th leader, could, in all likelihood, be succeeded by one of the shortest-serving PMs ever.

Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar thanked Mrs May for "agreeing with us to retain and strengthen the Common Travel Area", which ensures reciprocal rights for Irish and British citizens in each other's countries. Britain now faces an October 31 deadline to leave the EU.

The contest will not only result in a new party leader, but also in the next Prime Minister of the UK.

Towards the end of 2018, May clinched a deal with European Union leadership. The bloc has extended that deadline until October 31 in hope Britain's politicians can break their political deadlock.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says he considers May as "a woman of courage for whom he has great respect". "The real question is: who has got the experience to avoid the Scylla and Charybdis of no deal or no Brexit".

"We'll have a new prime minister by the end of July, but of course Parliament then goes on recess".

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