Britain To Have New Prime Minister By September

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Britain should have a new Prime Minister by 2 September, the Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee of backbench MPs has recommended. The committee, which according to the party’s constitution is responsible for organising the leadership election, said this afternoon that nominations should open on Wednesday and close on Thursday, in a bid to get a new Prime Minister in place as soon as possible. The election will be held under the same rules as in 2005, when David Cameron was first elected party leader. As the party is now in government, whoever becomes the new leader will by default become Prime Minister. Under the rules, Conservative Members of Parliament will whittle down the number of candidates in a series of ballots, with the lowest-polling candidate being eliminated after each round of voting. When there are only two remaining candidates, they will go forward to a postal vote of all party members throughout the UK. Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, who played a leading role in the ‘Leave’ campaign, is favourite to win the race, although he has caused concern after indicating the EU freedom of movement rules could still apply after Brexit, and stating there is no rush to begin the