They are the latest candidates to officially announce they will take part in the race for the top spot after Mrs May leaves on June 7. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, and former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey are all in the running. The Conservative Party hopes to have a new leader in place by the end of July.
Former Brexit Secretary Mr Raab told the Mail on Sunday he would prefer for Britain to leave the European Union with a Brexit deal.
But he warned the UK must “calmly demonstrate unflinching resolve to leave in October – at the latest.
The MP for Esher and Walton, who resigned in November in opposition to Mrs May’s Brexit deal, said: “The country now feels stuck in the mud, humiliated by Brussels and incapable of finding a way forward.
“The Prime Minister has announced her resignation. It’s time for a new direction.”
Following Mrs May’s announcement outside 10 Downing Street on Friday morning, Mr Raab joined many other politicians in praising the Tory leader’s “dignified” speech in Downing Street.
He tweeted: ”Dignified as ever, Theresa May showed her integrity. She remains a dedicated public servant, patriot and loyal Conservative.”
Andrea Leadsom, who quit as Leader of the House of Commons earlier this week, has also entered the race to be the next Tory leader and Prime Minister.
She told the Sunday Times that if elected as Prime Minister, the UK would leave the EU at the end of October – with or without a deal.
She said: “To succeed in a negotiation, you have to be prepared to walk away.”
Ms Leadsom added if elected, she would introduce a citizens’ rights bill to resolve the uncertainty hitting EU nationals, then look for an agreement in other areas where consensus already exists, such as on reciprocal healthcare and Gibraltar.
In the latest Express.co.uk poll, Boris Johnson dominated his rivals when readers were asked who they would like see become the next Conservative Party leader.
The poll – run from 1pm until 8pm on Friday May 24 – saw the leadership favourite chosen by 44 percent of the 11,886 readers who cast their vote.
Mr Raab was a distant second on 14 percent.
Despite holding it together throughout most of her speech, Mrs May broke down as she said it had been “the honour of my life” to serve “the country that I love” before running back in to Number 10.
With her voice cracking, she concluded her speech by saying: “I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold.
“The second female prime minister, but certainly not the last.
“I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.”
Published at Sat, 25 May 2019 20:26:00 +0000