Factbox – How will Conservative Party choose May’s successor?

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will stand down once her Brexit deal with Brussels is approved by parliament and the government has said it hopes to do this by the time MPs break for the summer in late July.

Lawmakers are due to vote on legislation to ratify May’s Brexit deal in early June. But her deal has already been rejected three times and if this bill is voted down too, it is likely to spell the end of May’s premiership.

A national election is not automatically triggered if she stands down, instead it is up to her Conservative Party to choose her replacement as party leader and prime minister.

Here is how that process, which is overseen by the party’s 1922 Committee, is likely to work:


Candidates putting themselves forward for the leadership must be nominated by two other Conservative lawmakers. A large number of Conservatives appear to be jostling to replace May so there could be a wide field of candidates.


Conservatives lawmakers then hold several rounds of votes to whittle down the number of candidates. Each time they are asked to vote for their favoured candidate in a secret

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