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    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (2R) sits next to British Prime Minister Theresa May (3R) during a meeting of the cabinet at the Prime Minister's country retreat Chequers near the village of Ellesborough in Buckinghamshire, northwest of London, on August 31, 2016.

    Theresa May Resigns as Conservative Party Leader, Triggering Race for UK PM Office

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    The head of the British government announced her resignation two weeks ago. May, however, will remain PM until a new leader is chosen to form a government and address the Brexit issue, something the outgoing PM was unable to resolve.

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May has formally stepped down as a head of the Conservative Party, marking the start of the contest for the leadership post among the Tories.

    At the moment, at least eleven Conservative MPs are aiming to become the prime minister, including ex-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, as well as current members of the cabinet — Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Environment Secretary Michael Gove, and others.

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    The candidates are required to announce formal nominations next week, starting on 10 June.

    The next UK PM will have to lead the country during the Brexit process, as the final deadline is 31 October. However, London and Brussels have not been able to finalise a deal, because British MPs have previously rejected all of May’s plans on the divorce with the EU, while at the same time rejecting a no-Deal Brexit.

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