UK PM David Cameron resigns on Wednesday, to be replaced by Theresa May

London, UK – Prime minister and leader of the Conservative party, David Cameron, has just announced that he will be relinquishing his position for the new PM to steer the nation through the negotiations that will ensue.

After the result of the June 23rd EU referendum came out, where the ‘leave’ side won the majority of the votes, Mr. Cameron clarified that he will be stepping down as the Prime Minister of Britain in October, where the party’s convention would take place to elect the new leader.

Though, circumstances have changed, since out of the two individuals competing for the position, the one has just dropped out.

That is Minister of Energy Andrea Leadsom, who received controversy from the public and from within the Conservative party for allegedly calling herself a more suitable candidate because, unlike her contestant, she is a mother.

Mrs. Leadsom issued an apology to her rival, Home Secretary Theresa May, who not only accepted it but also had never felt offended by the particular remark.

Despite the dispute being resolved peacefully, Mrs. Leadsom decided that with her current parliamentary support, it wouldn’t be wise to take over the party and subsequently become prime minister.

That ultimately left Mrs. May the sole contestant for the Conservative party’s leadership, leading to PM Cameron’s decision to expedite the period of transition.

Obviously, with these changes, we now don’t need to have a prolonged period of transition. And so tomorrow I will chair my last cabinet meeting. On Wednesday I will attend the House of Commons for prime minister’s questions. And then after that I expect to go to the palace and offer my resignation. So we will have a new prime minister in that building behind me by Wednesday evening,”  Mr. Cameron told the media outside 10 Downing Street on Monday.

Had Mrs. Leadsom hadn’t dropped out of the race, as aforementioned, the vote between the two contestants would be determined at the party’s convention in October, where 150,000 registered members would be eligible to cast their vote.

Via: Reuters

U.K. Government rejects petition calling for second EU Referendum

The UK government issued an official response to the widely popular petition asking for a rerun of the EU referendum, where it rules out any possibility of such an event taking place in the foreseeable future.

The Prime Minister and Government have been clear that this was a once in a generation vote and, as the Prime Minister has said, the decision must be respected,” the document highlights.

On the other end, the petition’s primary argument lies on the demand that the winning side of referendums of such a nature, should accumulate a percentage larger than the standard 51% majority.

More specifically, the petition mentions in its online page, “We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.

In response, the government stated that the legislation which oversaw the referendum’s rules had “received overwhelming support from Parliament.“, while it further adds, “The Act did not set a threshold for the result or for minimum turnout.

The government’s official response concludes by naming the entire procedure as “one of the biggest democratic exercises in British history with over 33 million people having their say.“, while it urges the nation to “prepare for the process to exit the EU and the Government is committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for the British people in the negotiations.

When it comes to the petition’s background, its founder was revealed to be a former pro-leave activist, at the time when the ‘remain’ side was prevailing in the polls.

According to the government’s website, where the petition had been hosted, a staggering four million people signed for it, in an effort to persuade Prime Minister Cameron to announce a rerun.

Furthermore, various British news outlets’ sources suggest that thousands of the petition’s signatures are not genuine and therefore should not be considered as actual support of the movement.

It is worth adding that the leave side’s win in the referendum has provoked a storm of protest from the younger population, as it is a fact that 74% of the 18-24 age demographic had voted for Britain to remain in the European Union.

Via: Forbes