British prime minister David Cameron chaired his final cabinet meeting today, making way for PM-in-waiting Theresa May to take over UK’s EU exit process. Some “wonderful tributes” were paid to the outgoing PM, according to BBC reports.
Cameron who had decided to quit after UK voted in favour of exiting from the EU will tender his resignation to the Queen on Wednesday.
After the unexpected withdrawal of her Conservative contender Andrea Leadsom from the leadership race, May is left with less than 48 hours to appoint her own team.
Speaking outside Parliament before the cabinet meeting, May said she was “honoured and humbled” to succeed David Cameron.
On Monday at a campaign in central Birmingham, May said: “Brexit means Brexit and we are going to make a success of it.”
“There will be no attempts to remain inside the EU, there will be no attempts to rejoin it by the back door, no second referendum,” she said. “I will make sure that we leave the European Union. The British people were given their opportunity to vote on this.” They’ve given us a very clear message and I think we respond to that message and we do what the British people have asked us to.” Her words are interesting as she was a supporter of UK to remain within the EU.
On being asked about her view on EU’s single market, May said: “We need to get the best deal in trade and goods and services”.
“I’m very clear that the Brexit vote was also a message that we need to get control on free movement. Free movement cannot continue as it has done until now.”
Who is Theresa May?
Theresa May is the Conservative Party leader who has been appointed to lead UK’s EU exit process. She will be the second British woman prime minister after Margaret Thatcher. According to her University friends, May had always nurtured the idea of running for UK’s prime ministerial role.
Her image of political dependability and unflappability has made her the leader of choice for UK’s tumultuous times after Cameron’s resignation following the EU referendum results. She has gracefully accepted the challenge to lead UK’s EU exit process although she herself had wanted Britain to be part of the European Union.
With the full support of her party, May has emerged as the ultimate political survivor in the midsts of national uncertainty.
Born in 1 October 1956 (59), May was Member of Parliament for Maidenhead since 1997 and home secretary since May 2010. She was mainly state-educated at Wheatley Park Comprehensive School and a short time at St Hugh’s College, in Oxford. She is married to Philip May. Her hobbies include mountain hikes, cooking and she owns about 100 recipe books. She chose Abba’s Dancing Queen and musical Jersey Boys’ Walk Like a Man as her favorites along with Mozart and Elgar at the BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in 2014.re
About her party’s future, May says: (It is) nothing less than the patriotic duty of our party to unite and to govern in the best interest of the whole country. We need a bold, new positive vision for the future of our country- a country that works not for a privileged few but for every one of us.