Former Mayor of London and prominent ‘Leave’ campaigner Boris Johnson faced angry crowds in London on Friday (June 24). That, however, is unlikely to be his biggest challenge.
The Conservative MP is the bookies’ favourite to become Britain’s next prime minister, but to do that he’ll have to win over his divided party.
Justice Minister Michael Gove is also pegged as a contender. He, too, was pro-Brexit.
Home Secretary Theresa May is also said to have Conservative leadership ambitions.
Tony Travers, Director of Research Centre at London School of Economics suggested everything was to play for:
“It’s worth remembering with the Conservative party that it’s not always the frontrunners who end up as leader. So you have to be careful with the sort of runners and riders in this particular race.”
While the final outcome will take weeks to decide, what is clear, in the aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, is that the new prime minister will not be democratically elected by the British people. Conservative Party members will eventually vote on a shortlist of two candidates.
Leading ‘Leave’ campaigner and head of the eurosceptic UKIP party Nigel Farage said David Cameron had “done the honourable thing” by stepping down as premier.