Iron lady?

Andrea Leadsom’s abrupt exit clears way for Theresa May to be next P.M. of U.K.

Home Secretary Theresa May, launches her bid for the Conservative Party leadership on June 30, 2016 in London. (Getty Images)

Last week, the British learned, after many twists and turns following the stunning Brexit vote, that a woman would be their next prime minister. On Monday, they learned which one. Theresa May is all but assured to become the next P.M. after her Conservative Party opponent, Andrea Leadsom, abruptly pulled out of the race.

Leadsom’s departure from the P.M. race comes days after she ignited a backlash by suggesting that because she’s a mother and May is not, Leadsom has a more vested interest in the future of Great Britain. Leadsom said that because of her three children, she has “a very real stake” in the country’s future. May, Leadsom was quoted as having said, “possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people. But I have children who are going to have children who will directly be part of what happens next.”

Some believe that Leadsom’s comments and the resulting uproar over them heavily influenced her dropping out. She has since apologized to May.

Timing on David Cameron handing over power is not yet set, but could take place within days.

Though Leadsom campaigned to leave the E.U. and May campaigned to stay, the presumptive new P.M. will stick by the results of the referendum. “Brexit means Brexit and we’re going to make a success of it,” May said in a campaign speech.

In her withdrawal remarks, Leadsom said May was “ideally placed to implement Brexit on the best possible terms for the British people and she has promised she will do so.”

Hear Theresa May discuss the U.K.’s last female P.M. at the Women in the World London Summit:

 

Read the full story at the BBC.

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