The news did not surprise anyone, but it was news, after all, because it was the first official confirmation by the protagonist: Boris Johnson will be presented as a candidate to lead the Conservative Party when premier Theresa May leaves office. "Of course, I'm going to go for it," said the former Foreign Minister, 54, during a meeting with businessmen in Manchester (England).
The power cravings of the eccentric politician are known all over the world. She has been dreaming of the keys to Downing Street since her university years, where she coincided with David Cameron. When the latter presented his resignation after the triumph of Brexit, Johnson executed his first attempt. Although his plans were frustrated with the unexpected stab in the back of his former ally, Michael Gove, who could also present himself again.
Although unofficially, the campaign for the primaries in the Tory formation has been taking place for weeks. The increasingly weakened prime minister has great pressure from her ranks to leave Number 10. She for the moment is reluctant to give up her position and remains determined to comply with the Brexit.
In any case, in the meeting he held with the so-called 1922 Committee that brings together the conservatives without portfolio, May agreed to set a date for his resignation next month, when he will present the draft Law of Law in the House of Commons. Withdrawal, what could be his last attempt to move the divorce forward.
Their lordships have already rejected on three occasions the exit pact that closed with Brussels and, to this day, everything points to the fact that the fourth attempt has no guarantee of success.
Graham Brady, head of the 1922 Committee, explained that he will meet with the prime minister to set the date of a primary in the Conservative Party once the first vote has been held in the process of processing the draft of the Retired Law, in the first week of June. The meeting will be held whether the House of Commons votes in favor of the aforementioned law or the grave.
If May resigns as leader of his formation, he can remain at the helm of the Executive until those primaries are held, whose winner would assume the leadership of the Government.
A spokesperson for Downing Street confirmed that Brady's statement had the approval of the conservative leader: "The prime minister is focused on ensuring our exit from the European Union and we are working incredibly hard to build a stable majority for the law of the Brexit before presenting it to Parliament. "
The Executive has held talks with the Labor opposition since early April to try to obtain its support for the terms of exit from the EU that May agreed with Brussels. The Labor Party demands the formation of a permanent customs union with the EU bloc after the divorce, a proposal opposed by the Eurosceptic wing of the Conservatives.
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