Contenders to succeed Theresa May as Britain’s prime minister prepared to launch their leadership campaigns on Saturday, leaving Brexit shrouded in uncertainty.
A tearful May announced her resignation on Friday, leaving the Brexit process for exiting the European Union in limbo and raising the risk of Britain crashing out of the bloc in a few months.
May’s statement inevitably triggered the starting gun on a two-month contest to replace her.
May will step down as Conservative leader on June 7 but stay on as prime minister until party members have chosen her successor, which will happen by July 20.
Britain’s EU departure date is currently fixed for October 31, although any new leader could ask for a further delay.
Conservative Party leadership contests are typically bloodthirsty affairs, with plot twists and betrayals.
Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is the bookmakers’ odds-on favourite, ahead of former Brexit secretary Dominic…