Brexit: Cameron exits office, May gets warm entry
Outgoing British prime minister David Cameron on Tuesday received standing ovation from his Conservative MPs in Parliament as he addressed his last Prime Minister’s Question — a session in which MPs can question the prime minister.
According to The Independent’s report, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had some kind words for Cameron, however, the Scottish National Party (SNP) refused to applaud him saying that his abiding legacy would be Brexit.
“However the Prime Minister’s legacy will undoubtedly be that he’s taken us to the brink of being taken out of the EU, so we will not be applauding his premiership on these benches,” said SNP leader Angush Robertson.
In a generally light-hearted session, Cameron told MPs that he would “miss the roar of the crowd,” before leaving to meet the Queen to tender his resignation. His wife and his three children were present at the session.
Talking about his economic, social and foreign policies during his six years, he said there were “many amazing moments” of “public service in national interest.”
PM-in-waiting Theresa May was well-received in the House before her visit to the Queen as she gets ready to form her new government.
Cameron called his successor a “brilliant negotiator” who could be trusted as someone who can lead UK through the Brexit process.
May will become the second women prime minister to take over 10 Downing Street after Margaret Thatcher. She is also the oldest (59) to assume office since Jim Callaghan in 1976.
May is expected to briefly address the nation before meeting top officials, including Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heyward, and receiving a full natioenal security and defence briefing.
She will be also be writing hand-written letters to the commanders of the UK’s four Trident submarines about the action in the event of a catastrophic nuclear attack on the UK and to appoint two nuclear “deputies” – ministers who will take decisions on the deterrent if she has been rendered incapable.
Later on Wednesday, she will get down to the work of putting together her government – with key appointments set to be announced within hours.
After the unexpected withdrawal of her Conservative contender Andrea Leadsom from the leadership race, May was left with less than 48 hours to appoint her own team.