WORLD Nominations set to close in race to be next UK leader

WORLD

Nominations set to close in race to be next UK leader

AP

16:56, June 10, 2019

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File photo of conservative politicians, from left: Penny Mordaunt, Philip Hammond, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt attend an event to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Portsmouth, England Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (Photo: AP)

Nominations are closing in the race to become Britain's next prime minister, with almost a dozen contenders already battling it out over Brexit, tax policy and past drug use.

Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down Friday as Conservative Party leader after failing to secure Parliament's backing for her European Union withdrawal deal.

Party lawmakers and members will choose a new leader, who also becomes prime minister. Nominations close Monday at 5 p.m. (1600GMT, noon EDT).

So far 11 candidates are running, including former Cabinet minister Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Johnson wants to take Britain out of the EU with or without a deal, Hunt favors a more conciliatory approach and Gove is trying to limit fallout from his admission of long-ago cocaine use.

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