Runners and riders to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister as she FINALLY says she’ll quit after Brexit’s done

BORIS Johnson, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt are all in the lead to replace Theresa May when she eventually stands down.

She said this evening she would finally quit as PM after Brexit is delivered.

Michael Gove is the current bookies’ favourite for leader
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That could be as early as May if her deal is signed off by MPs in the coming days.

So which Tories will be fighting to the front of the queue to replace her when she goes?

MICHAEL GOVE 4/1

The Environment Secretary has achieved a remarkable turnaround since knifing Boris Johnson during the 2016 leadership contest.

His support among party members dropped through the floor and it seemed his chances were gone for ever.

But Mr Gove, who led the Leave campaign in the EU referendum, has rebranded himself as an ecowarrior as Environment Secretary.

BORIS JOHNSON 13/2

Boris Johnson also signalled he was softening his stance against May’s deal at a Telegraph event today
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After the Brexiteer dramatically withdrew from the leadership race back in 2016 after he was knifed in the back by his mate Michael Gove, Boris is still seen as one of the favourites.

He’s been fighting for a hard Brexit from the backbenches but is popular among the Tory members.

Serving Mrs May for around 2 years as Foreign Secretary, Boris quit as Foreign Secretary on July 9, 2018, in a blow to May’s government.

He walked out just hours after she lost Brexit Secretary David Davis over her Chequers plan to keep close ties to Brussels.

But many MPs appear to have turned against him, meaning he might struggle to get on the ballot.

DAVID LIDINGTON 10/1

David Lidington insisted he didn’t want to be PM after reports of a coup against Theresa May
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Just last weekend he said he didn’t want to be PM.

But as her right-hand man there’s always a chance that he could throw his hat into the ring too.

JEREMY HUNT 14/1

Jeremy Hunt has repeatedly spoken of the risks of overturning Brexit

Mr Hunt was the longest-serving Health Secretary in British history before replacing Boris as Foreign Secretary.

He left the Department of Health after securing a £20bn funding increase for the NHS, but was hated by junior doctors after changing their contacts so they wouldn’t receive extra pay for the many shifts they work previously classified as unsociable hours.

Mr Hunt is known to have leadership aspirations and now says he backs Brexit despite campaigning for Remain during the referendum.

DOMINIC RAAB 13/1

Dominic Raab at last weekend’s crunch Brexit summit at Chequers
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The former Brexit Secretary quit the cabinet in protest over Theresa May’s soft divorce deal with the EU.

Raab has insisted No Deal wouldn’t be chaotic for Britain and said the short-term risks were “manageable”.

He has blasted those who want to extend Article 50 or a second referendum.

He said: “If there’s an attempt to reverse the referendum, stop Brexit altogether I think that would cut across not only the democratic mandate, the biggest in history we had.”

ANDREA LEADSOM 

Andrea Leadsom lost out to Theresa May last time around
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Though an unlikely candidate at the time, the Brexit campaigner reached the final two of the 2016 leadership contest.

She withdrew over ill-judged remarks about Theresa May not being a mother.

She is now Leader of the House, and survived in post despite reports Mrs May was planning to cut “dead wood” in her January reshuffle.

JACOB REES-MOGG

Jacob Rees-Mogg is warming to supporting the PM’s deal
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Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Latin-fluent millionaire financier and MP for North East Somerset, has emerged as the leading Brexiteer on the backbenches.

He has won a huge public profile despite not being a minister and is adored by hard-line Tory activists.

Rees-Mogg has also garnered a surprise following among many young Tories – including Jungle Queen Georgia Toffolo, who called him “a sex god”.

Devout Catholic Rees-Mogg has made no secret of his socially conservative views, such as being anti-abortion and against gay marriage.

AMBER RUDD

Amber Rudd has been part of a Remainer group trying to fight back against a No Deal
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Ms Rudd has managed to stay in favour with Mrs May, taking the buck for the Windrush scandal and stepping down as Home Secretary – before months later returning to the cabinet and Work and Pensions chief in November.

The 55-year-old Hastings MP has voiced support for the PM and for her botched Brexit deal, but insiders think she’s savvy enough to manoeuvre a bid to the top when she’s ready.

*Betfair odds as of March 27


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