May out; let the war begin

Theresa May dejected, entering car
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain May 15, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Just a few hours after Prime Minister Theresa May tearfully announced her resignation from the leadership of the Conservative Party and her premiership the knives came out showing the deep division in the Conservative Party.

They are clashing …. You guessed it …. Over Brexit. One of them, Rory Stewart,  pledging that he would not serve under Boris Johnson.

Read: The end of May

The contenders

The five candidates have, so far, declared themselves as candidates are:

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

International Development Secretary Rory Stewart

Health Secretary Matt Hancock

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Former Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey

“I will not serve”

Hancock told Radio 4 that he is against a snap general election and in favour of getting a Brexit deal through the current Parliament. He added that he wanted to be honest about the trade offs needed “between sovereignty and market access and the trade-offs to get a deal through this Parliament”.

Rory Stewart described Boris Johnson’s pledge of going for a no-deal Brexit if necessary as  something undeliverable and damaging. He added that he could not serve in a cabinet under Boris Johnson. He said that a few days ago Johnson had told him that he was not going for a no-deal exit but he has now come for it.