Britain’s next prime minister will be a woman

Britain’s next prime minister will be a woman

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Since Michael Grove is out of the race, the choice remains now between Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May for the next prime minister of Great Britain, which will lead to the first female prime minister since Margaret Thatcher.

On Thursday, Member of Parliament Michael Gove was eliminated during the second round of voting by the MPs for leadership of the Conservative Party, which now has complete control of Parliament, reads an article on The Huffington Post. This leaves two contenders fighting for the position of prime minister of Britain: Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom.

While the finale vote will be cast on September 9, May is seen as the favorite to replace outgoing prime minister David Cameron, who resigned last month after British voters elected to leave the European Union, decision he opposed. Upon resigning, Cameron declared “I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction.”

May served as Britain’s Home Secretary since 2010, and she also supported Britain remaining in the EU. However, after the vote, she has pledged to hold up the Brexit vote, declaring “Brexit is Brexit,” and “There must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it through the back door and no second referendum.”

She has received some criticism for suggesting that after the country exists the EU, the 3 million EU citizens living inside the U.K. might have to leave. Her comment has been challenged even by members of her own party as well as the Labour Party.

Leadsom on the other hand, was an extremely vocal advocate of the Leave campaign, and she promised to carry out Britain’s exit from the EU if elected, declaring “We need to get on with it.”

Regardless of which of the two women will be Britain’s next prime minister, it is a historic decision, as Thatcher, who served as Britain’s leader from 1979 to 1990, was the country’s first and only female PM.