Theresa May officially steps down as Tory leader

Theresa May officially steps down as Tory leader

Naturally reserved and reliant on her husband and a few close aides, she often says she is just quietly "getting on with the job".

"There will be no renegotiation", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said - not for the first time - last week.

Farage's force was the bookies' favourite to win in Peterborough, a city that voted by 60% to leave the European Union in Britain's 2016 Brexit referendum.

Across the English Channel, Brexit has shattered the UK's political map.

Labour candidate Lisa Forbes won with 10,484 votes, while the Brexit Party came second on 9,801 votes.

Nigel Farage claims he's "fundamentally changed" British politics despite his party's narrow defeat to Labour in the Peterborough by-election.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's time as Conservative Party leader ended today, not with a bang but a whimper.

They worry not only that Conservatives are wedded to a formula that can not shelter them from the economic and cultural winds of globalisation, but that nobody in their party seems to care...

May, who had stepped down amid mounting pressure over her repeatedly defeated Brexit deal, will continue as acting prime minister until the party has elected her successor, who will then take charge as the premier.

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Under the timetable set out by the party high command, it is expected the new leader will be in place in the week beginning July 22, following a postal ballot of the party members.

Boris Johnson is the favourite to replace Theresa May as leader of the Conservative party. She announced her decision to quit as prime minister last month. Today on Front Burner, CBC Europe Correspondent Margaret Evans on who that successor might be, and what they'll have to grapple with as the country faces down Brexit: "It's a huge, huge mess in this country".

The race, which already has 11 candidates, is utterly dominated by Brexit.

Chairman of the Peterborough Conservative Association Wayne Fitzgerald said it was now essential that the party committed to taking Britain out of the European Union, even if it meant no deal. To succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in parliament where I have not. He said Britain was "on course to leave by October 31", but he'd be willing to agree to a further delay if needed to finalise a deal. Voter antipathy towards Westminster means that the Brexit Party has made massive headway with voters and elections such as the European elections and the Peterborough by-election show the party's influence.

In an emotional address outside No. 10 Downing Street last month, Mrs May announced her intention to stand down as party leader to pave the way for a new head to see the country through Brexit.

This could happen either because the Democratic Unionist Party calls a halt to its support in the House of Commons for the minority Conservative government, or a handful of Conservative MPs decide to oppose May's successor, said Begg, adding "Neither is implausible".

But in one humiliation after another for May, the plan has been rejected three times by Parliament, doomed by both lawmakers who wanted more of a clean break and those who wanted a softer Brexit that kept close economic ties to the bloc.

MPs need eight people to back them in order to compete in the first round of hustings on Tuesday and vote on Thursday.

Rivals distanced themselves from that idea.

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