Theresa May became the second female to be appointed prime minister in the history of the United Kingdom. After being elected, on July 13, 2016, Queen Elizabeth appointed her in front of an audience at Buckingham Palace.
May became U.K.’s Prime Minister when David Cameron resigned after the result of the EU referendum. Also, she replaced Cameron as the leader of the Conservative Party, on July 11.
‘Brexit Means Brexit’
May took her duties seriously after being confirmed the winner of the Conservative Party’s leadership contest. According to CNBC, on July 11, in a speech, she declared that the U.K. would work toward success with the Brexit’s outcome.
Although she supported the Remain campaign, she emphasized that there would not be a second referendum. “The public gave their verdict. There must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it through the back door. Brexit means Brexit,” announced May, according to “Daily Mail.”
In order to leave the European Union without any harmful consequences for the U.K., May affirmed that she would request a strict limit on immigration. Official sources claimed, according to “Daily Mail,” that she would make it a priority to end the freedom of movement. Also, they declared that: “people want us to get back control of our borders. Theresa is absolutely determined to do that.”
Her First Cabinet
May became the second female to become prime minister of the U.K., on July 13. Minutes after being appointed by Queen Elizabeth, she formed her first cabinet.
According to “The Telegraph,” May appointed Boris Johnson as the Foreign Secretary and replaced George Osborne as chancellor with Philip Hammond. David Davis became the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, while Liam Fox was named the International Trade Secretary. Amber Rudd took May’s former position as the Home Secretary, and Michael Fallon remained as the Defence Secretary.
May’s summer is getting busy, as the second female Prime Minister of the U.K. has a lot of work to do. According to “The Telegraph,” before the end of August, she must meet with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to determine the U.K.’s future relationship with Europe and to develop a close rapport. Also, May has to meet with all the other allies within the European Union, to formulate a pro-free-trade coalition.
Early Career and Personal Life
May is a 59-year-old alumna of Oxford University. In May 1997, she became a Member of Parliament, and 13 years later, Cameron appointed her to his first Cabinet, as the Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities. On July 13, 2016, she became U.K.’s first female prime minister of the 21st century. She is the second woman in history to do so, after Margaret Thatcher.
The incumbent U.K. Prime Minister has been married to Philip May since 1980. According to “The New York Times,” the two of them were first introduced by Benazir Bhutto, an Oxford colleague, who became the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1988.
Besides politics, May is recognized for her diverse footwear and clothing style. Also, she is known for collecting cookbooks and she enjoys long walks in the countryside.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Jeanette Smith
CNBC: Theresa May is now officially UK prime minister
Daily Mail: ’I will solve the migrant crisis’: New PM Theresa May vows to bring back control of British borders and end free movement for EU citizens
The New York Times: 5 Things to Know About Theresa May, Britain’s Next Prime Minister
The Telegraph: Theresa May brings on the Brexiteers as she forms her first Cabinet as Prime Minister
The Telegraph: Theresa May has proved she is serious about Brexit. Here’s what she must do to deliver
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