LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May’s place as chief of the ruling Conservative Party is beneath assault by eurosceptic MPs who reject her EU exit technique and need a extra pro-Brexit chief.
Conservative MP Boris Johnson walks by his backyard at his home close to Oxford, Britain, October three, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
May has vowed to battle on to the subsequent election in 2022, but when sufficient MPs demand her resignation she is going to face a confidence vote.
Below is a abstract of a few of these who may very well be within the body to switch May:
BORIS JOHNSON, 54
The former overseas minister is May’s most outspoken critic over Brexit. He resigned from the cupboard in July in protest at her dealing with of the exit negotiations.
Johnson, regarded by many eurosceptics because the face of the 2016 Brexit marketing campaign, set out his pitch to the membership in a bombastic speech on the get together’s annual conference in October – some members queued for hours to get a seat.
He referred to as on the get together to return to its conventional values of low tax and robust policing, and to not try to ape the insurance policies of the left-wing Labour Party.
JEREMY HUNT, 52
Hunt changed Johnson as overseas minister in July and has urged the Conservative membership to put aside their variations over Brexit and unite towards a standard foe: the EU.
Hunt voted to stay within the EU within the 2016 referendum. He served six years as Britain’s well being minister – a task which has made him unpopular with many citizens who work in or depend on the state-run, financially stretched National Health Service.
JACOB REES-MOGG, 49
A flamboyant millionaire who cultivates the picture of an English gentleman from days gone by, Rees-Mogg has developed a cult following amongst these who need a extra radical departure from the EU than May is proposing.
Rees-Mogg, the pinnacle of an influential eurosceptic group of MPs, introduced he had submitted a letter of no confidence within the Prime Minister the day after she unveiled her draft Brexit deal.
But does he need the highest job? Asked instantly after saying he had submitted his letter to depose May, Rees-Mogg stated he wouldn’t be placing himself ahead for the job.
DOMINIC RAAB, 44
Britain’s Brexit negotiator give up May’s government on Thursday in protest at her draft exit settlement, saying it didn’t match the guarantees the Conservative Party made at a 2017 election. Raab served solely 5 months as head of the Brexit division, having been appointed in July.
He was seen as a relative newcomer to the highest desk of government, however had served in junior ministerial roles since being elected in 2010. Raab campaigned for Brexit forward of the 2016 referendum on Britain’s EU membership and is a black belt in karate.
SAJID JAVID, 48
Javid, a former banker and champion of free markets, has served plenty of cupboard roles and scores constantly properly in polls of get together members. A second-generation immigrant of Pakistani heritage, he has talked about having a portrait of former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher on his workplace wall.
Javid voted ‘remain’ within the 2016 Brexit vote however was beforehand thought-about to be eurosceptic.
MICHAEL GOVE, 51
Gove, one of many highest-profile Brexit campaigners in the course of the referendum, has needed to rebuild his cupboard profession after falling early to May within the contest to switch David Cameron, who resigned the day after shedding the 2016 Brexit referendum.
High-energy, and seen as one of the vital efficient members of cupboard in bringing ahead new insurance policies, Gove has develop into a shock ally to May and up to now backed her Brexit technique.
Gove teamed up with Boris Johnson in the course of the 2016 Brexit marketing campaign solely to drag his assist for Johnson’s subsequent management bid on the final second and run himself.
DAVID DAVIS, 69
Davis, a number one eurosceptic, was appointed to steer Britain’s negotiations with the EU in July 2016, however he resigned two years later in protest at her plans for a long run relationship with the bloc.
He has been touted as a attainable interim chief.
PENNY MORDAUNT, 45
Mordaunt is likely one of the final remaining pro-Brexit members of May’s cupboard, the place she serves as worldwide improvement minister. Many had anticipated her to hitch the wave of resignations that adopted the publication of May’s draft withdrawal deal.
ANDREA LEADSOM, 55
Leadsom, one other pro-Brexit campaigner who nonetheless serves in May’s cupboard, made it to the final two within the 2016 contest to switch Cameron. But, fairly than pressure a run-off vote towards Theresa May, she withdrew from the competition. She presently runs parliamentary business for the government.
Reporting by William James, Elizabeth Piper and Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Peter Graff