wo friends of President Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, are set to dominate British politics after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, in an emotional address, announced she would step down on June 7, her tenure derailed by her inability to secure a Brexit agreement.
May failed repeatedly to pass her Withdrawal Agreement in Parliament, a deal unpopular among Members of Parliament who were both pro- and anti-Brexit, which delayed Britain's exit from the European Union. Her Conservative Party was deeply unhappy with her handling of Brexit.
The Conservative leadership contest will begin after June 7. May will remain as prime minister until a new leader is selected by the party, which will happen within weeks, probably before the end of July. Trump has a U.K. state visit scheduled for June 3 to 5.
Conservative member of Parliament Boris Johnson, who campaigned to leave the EU., is the clear favorite to replace May among bookmakers and party members, though he faces several challenges.
Johnson was May’s foreign secretary until he resigned over her handling of Brexit in 2018, and has criticized her policy ever since. He met Trump during his time in that role.
Trump described Johnson, a former mayor of London, as a friend during his visit to the U.K. in 2018. The U.S. president also said Johnson would make a good prime minister, comments that irritated May at the time and for which he apologized.
A recognizable figure in Britain, known for his stage-managed blundering upper-class charm, Johnson is also divisive. To his fans, he is the ideal charismatic figurehead to represent a post-Brexit Britain in the world. To his critics, he is a shameless opportunist known for gaffes.
After May’s resignation statement in front of 10 Downing Street, at the end of which her..