Theresa May steps down as Conservative Party leader

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The contest to succeed Theresa May as prime minister will begin on Monday as she stepped down as leader of the Conservative party on Friday, leaving behind a trail of political reverses since she took over from David Cameron in the wake of the 2016 European Union referendum. But is it really possible that the Brexit Party could run the country by the end of this year?

The Peterborough election saw the Tories slump to third place, behind victors Labour and the Brexit Party, in a seat which had traditionally been a Conservative-Labour marginal.

But given the drubbing the party received both at last month's European Parliament elections and this week's Peterborough by-election, MPs will not be eager to face a wider electorate who appear to be abandoning mainstream parties in favour of those with more clearly defined positions on Brexit, which is taken in Britain to be the key political issue of our time.

Farage's Brexit Party came close to winning its first seat in Parliament on Friday, narrowly losing to Labour in a special election in the eastern England city of Peterborough.

Boris Johnson, former foreign secretary and leading Brexiteer, is the favourite among 11 candidates to replace May in the two-phase leadership election.

Despite the loss, Farage said the result showed that British politics has "fundamentally changed", with the stranglehold of Conservative and Labour now broken.

According to The Telegraph, The Brexit Party has nearly 3,000 prospective MPs willing to stand in a general election.

She was forced by her party to agree to set out a timetable for her departure, but asked for time to give lawmakers a fourth chance to vote on the agreement in early June.

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Yeah, I mean, it's insane ", said Anisimova, who was born in New Jersey to Russian parents and moved to Florida when she was 3. I don't think you know quite what to expect tomorrow, but I will prepare and do the best that I can to keep it normal.

"[She] will remain as acting leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party until her successor has been announced".

Other front runners are playing catch up, with the current foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, and environment minister Michael Gove taking a more moderate stance on Brexit.

Onasanya had defeated the Conservative candidate by just 607 votes in the 2017 general election.

With the worst performers eliminated each time, the goal is to have two candidates left by 20 June.

Each candidate must now be backed by eight MPs, up from just two previously. The victor of the party leadership race will automatically become the next prime minister. To succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in parliament where I have not.

The Guardian newspaper said that if Johnson wins the race, he could face an immediate vote of no confidence in the House of Commons after he made a statement insisting Britain must leave the European Union on October 31, with or without a deal. Even as the Brexit saga has dragged on and the pressure of a potentially disastrous "no deal" Brexit mounted, no European leader has publicly shown an appetite for renegotiating any part of the 585-page text.

Hard-core Brexiteers in the British leadership contest say they would rather take Britain out of the bloc with no deal than countenance a further delay. "I am not into this proroguing Parliament rubbish", said Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

The by-election generated huge interest as it was a major test for Farage and his rookie Brexit Party.