Min­is­ter ready to lead exit from EU

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Nom­i­na­tions have be­gun com­ing in to re­place Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron as leader of the Con­ser­va­tive Party, with the vic­tor get­ting the chal­lenge - or the poi­soned chal­ice - of ne­go­ti­at­ing Bri­tain’s exit from the Euro­pean Union (EU).

Cameron an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion af­ter Bri­tish vot­ers de­cided last week, against his ad­vice, that the UK should leave the 28-na­tion bloc.

The first con­tender to make it of­fi­cial was Work and Pen­sions Sec­re­tary Stephen Crabb, who said he was run­ning be­cause “I don’t see any­body who pro­vides a com­pelling an­swer” to the ques­tion of how to heal a deeply di­vided na­tion.

The 43-year-old Crabb, raised by a sin­gle mother in pub­lic hous­ing, said he would of­fer “re­silience, op­ti­mism, hu­mil­ity, strength”. Al­though he backed the “re­main” side in the ref­er­en­dum, he promised to de­liver a “ne­go­ti­ated exit” from the EU.

Crabb is run­ning with Busi­ness Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid - who would serve as his fi­nance min­is­ter - on what has been dubbed a bluecol­lar ticket. Both men come from work­ing­class back­grounds, in con­trast to up­per-crust front-run­ner Boris John­son, the for­mer Mayor of Lon­don, and the cur­rent prime min­is­ter, Cameron. John­son, who led the “leave” side in the ref­er­en­dum cam­paign, has the sup­port of sev­eral se­nior Tory law­mak­ers. En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Liz Truss wrote in the Daily Tele­graph that she was back­ing John­son be­cause the new leader must be “some­one who be­lieves in, and cam­paigned for, leav­ing the EU”. Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May, who backed the “re­main” side but is seen as com­pe­tent and ex­pe­ri­enced, is also ex­pected to run.

Af­ter nom­i­na­tions close at noon to­day, Con­ser­va­tive law­mak­ers will vote and whit­tle the nom­i­nees down to two. Those names will be put to a postal vote of all party mem­bers with the re­sult ex­pected in early Septem­ber.

The op­po­si­tion Labour Party is also in tur­moil at the top, with leader Jeremy Cor­byn re­sist­ing in­tense pres­sure to re­sign.

On Tues­day, Labour mem­bers of Par­lia­ment passed a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion in Cor­byn by 172 votes to 40. But Cor­byn says he has the sup­port of grass-roots party mem­bers and will not re­sign.

Many Labour sup­port­ers ac­cuse Cor­byn of fail­ing to make a strong case to Bri­tons for why they should stay in the Euro­pean Union.

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