Britain’s Theresa May launches bid to succeed PM Cameron post Brexit

Britain’s Theresa May launches bid to succeed PM Cameron post Brexit


Interior minister Theresa May vowed to unite Britain as she launched her bid to succeed David Cameron as prime minister with a letter to The Times, the newspaper has reported.

The Conservative leader resigned in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union in a June 23 referendum that sent shockwaves through the continent.

Like Cameron, May supported remaining in the bloc but played a low-key and conciliatory role in the campaign that has seen her tipped as a unifying figure.

In her letter to The Times, May announced a “mission to make Britain a country that works for everyone,” according to the broadsheet yesterday.

“If you’re from an ordinary, working-class family, life is just much harder than many people in politics realise,” May wrote.

The appeal to working-class voters by the vicar’s daughter was aimed at her main rival for the leadership, the Latin-quoting former mayor of London and prominent “Leave” campaigner Boris Johnson, who projects a more upper-class image.

Cameron promoted May, 59, to Home Secretary following his 2010 election victory and she kept the role after his 2015 re-election.

Known as a hardliner on immigration, May’s stern demeanour and wardrobe of sober suits have drawn comparisons with 1980s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Cameron’s successor is expected to take office in early September. Read More

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Brexit impact: 10 things to know about the political storm in UK

Brexit impact: 10 things to know about the political storm in UK


Even as Britain is coming to terms with its electorate’s vote to exit the European Union(EU), political turmoil in the UK has escalated too.

While the European Union has asked UK to initiate the exit process swiftly, Scotland could throw a spanner in the works as it had voted to ‘remain’ in the EU. Meanwhile, the Labour Party is facing a revolt from its senior leaders, even as uncertainty prevails over Prime Minister David Cameron’s successor. Cameron quit the day the results of the Brexit referendumcame in, leaving it to his successor to deal with what will likely be a messy exit.

Here are 10 things to know about the political crisis that has hit the UK.

Scotland’s threat

Scotland is said to be considering a referendum to be independent from UK if Britain actually manages to exit the EU. The move is said to be under consideration after the nation voted to ‘remain’ in the EU. Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has also threatened to block Brexit, stating that the decision will need the consent of Scotland’s semi-autonomous Parliament.

Filling the void

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday that he will step down from the office in three months and that a new leader will take over by October. The Conservative Party has been in a huddle, scouting for a replacement to the PM soon, amid uncertainty over next plan of action for the country. Some reports indicate ex-mayor Boris Johnson, who favoured the ‘Leave’ campaign, could be his successor. Read More

Brexit: EU referendum voting gets undeway in UK

Brexit: EU referendum voting gets undeway in UK


Polling stations across the United Kingdom opened on Thursday morning to decide the historic referendum on whether the country should remain a member of theEuropean Union or leave the politico-economic union of 28 member states.

The voting will take place between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time.

The national referendum is the third in UK history and comes four months after battle for votes between the ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ campaigns.

Prime Minister David Cameron criss-crossed the country in a final effort to warn Britain’s voters against rejecting the EU in the historic poll yesterday.

This decision will also read as a referendum on his premiership.

Last night, he was joined by former prime ministers Gordon Brown and Sir John Major, the Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, and the Green MP Caroline Lucas, at events in Bristol and Birmingham, reports the Guardian.

The prime minister has been pressing the message that today’s decision will be irreversible and there will no coming back if the UK votes to leave the EU. Read More

Australian PM Turnbull promises gay marriage referendum if re-elected

Australian PM Turnbull promises gay marriage referendum if re-elected


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday promised a referendum on legalisation of same-sex marriages before the year ends, if he is re-elected.

“Of course, if we are successful on July 2, then I have every expectation that the parliament will swiftly legislate for a plebiscite and a plebiscite will be held shortly after parliament resumes, which I would assume to be in August,” Turnbull said during an event in Sydney.

“So I would hope that the plebiscite could be held before the end of the year,” said Turnbull.

Opposition Labour Party leader Bill Shorten asked Turnbull to legalise same-sex marriage immediately instead of calling a referendum, which he said, will become a “platform for homophobia”.

“I intend to win the election. I intend to put forward legislation in the first 100 days,” Shorten said.

Australia, which accepts civil marriage in several of its states, has been criticised for failing to legalise same-sex marriages.

In December 2013, the High Court overturned a law allowing gay marriages in the Australian Capital Territory on grounds that it contravened the Federal Marriage Law of 1961.

Similar legislative proposals have also failed in the states of Tasmania and New South Wales.Read More