UK’s David Cameron out this week and to be replaced with Theresa May

David Cameron

David Cameron

Theresa May

Theresa May


Apparently, because of pressures from the European Union and elsewhere, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to resign months before he originally planned.  He is expected to be replaced by Theresa May:

July 11, 2016

Another day in post-Brexit British politics and more surprises. Government officials and Buckingham Palace were scrambling Monday to nail down the procedures for the country’s long-serving interior minister Theresa May to move into Downing Street on Wednesday, replacing outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron.

The scramble was triggered following the abrupt withdrawal by May’s rival, Andrea Leadsom,from what would have been a long, drawn out contest to lead the country’s Conservative Party. Leadsom, a mother of three, quit following a brutal weekend of media and party criticism for ill-judged comments in which she suggested that she was better equipped to be Prime Minister than the childless May.

11 July 2016

Theresa May promised to build a “better Britain” and to make the UK’s EU exit a “success” after she was announced as the new Tory leader and soon-to-be PM.

Speaking outside Parliament, Mrs May said she was “honoured and humbled” to succeed David Cameron, after her only rival in the race withdrew on Monday.

Mr Cameron will tender his resignation to the Queen after PMQs on Wednesday.

Mr Cameron, who has been UK prime minister since 2010, decided to quit after the UK’s Brexit vote.

It follows another day of dramatic developments in the political world, when Andrea Leadsom unexpectedly quit the two-way Conservative leadership contest, saying she did not have the support to build “a strong and stable government”.

Her decision left Mrs May – the front runner – as the only candidate to take over leading the party and to therefore become prime minister.

There have been a lot of ‘sudden developments’ in UK politics the last month or so.  Boris Johnson, who was widely expected to become the next UK Prime Minister, suddenly dropped out.  David Cameron who said he would stay on until October (see UK votes YES to leave the European Union–What is now prophesied to happen?), is now leaving this week.  And now Andrea Leadsom unexpectedly quit in her attempt to become the next Prime Minister.

Theresa May is one who some think can be the ‘iron lady’ in the mold of the late Margaret Thatcher. In one at least one respect, she seems to be an odd choice. Why? She opposed the Brexit (BRitish EXIT from the European Union) even though about 2/3 of her party voted in favor of it. On the other hand, the Europeans she will need to deal with might respect the fact that she wanted the UK to remain part of the EU.

Here is some information about Theresa May:

July 11, 2016

The United Kingdom is about to usher in a leader who is every bit as formidable and steady as the last woman who ran the country: Margaret Thatcher.

Like the “Iron Lady,” who served as prime minister from 1979 to 1990, Home Secretary Theresa May has a reputation for steely determination and a willingness to stand up to the men who traditionally dominate British politics.

May joins German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the leader of one of Europe’s biggest nations. If Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidential race in November, women would be in charge of the Western world’s most powerful countries.

May held the office of Minister for Women and Equality in parallel to her office of Home Secretary from 2010 to September 2012, when this role was taken over Maria Miller. …

Support for same-sex marriage

In May 2012, May expressed support for the introduction of same-sex marriage by recording a video for the Out4Marriage campaign.May became one of the first high-profile Conservative MPs to pledge personal support for same-sex marriage. …

2016 Conservative leadership election

On 30 June 2016, May formally announced her candidacy for party leader to replace Prime Minister David Cameron who had resigned after the European Union membership referendum. May emphasised the need for unity within the party regardless of positions about leaving the EU and said she could bring “strong leadership” and a “positive vision” for the country’s future. She insisted that there would be no second referendum about the UK remaining in the EU. “The campaign was fought … and 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,” she said, adding that Article 50 (the formal notification of Britain’s exit from the EU) should not be filed until the end of 2016. …

Religious views

May is a member of the Church of England and regularly worships at church on Sunday. (Theresa May, Wikipedia, accessed 07/11/16)

The UK apparently is about to get its second female prime minister brings the following scripture to mind:

12 As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths.

Margaret Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  It looks like the LGBT agenda supporting Theresa May will be the second. The Bible warns about leaders who do not promote biblical values:

16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed (Isaiah 9:16).

Of course, this is not just a UK problem.

Since the time of Margaret Thatcher, I have felt that it is likely that the USA would end up with a female president or at least a highly influential woman in a top level federal government job. As it turns out, the four remaining predominantly British-descended nations (the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) all have had not only queens (they shared the same ones), but all have already had a woman in the office of prime minister. The prime minister is the chief executive official in a parliamentary system of governance. The female who looks to be the US Democratic party presidential nominee is perhaps even a bigger supporter of the LGBT agenda than Theresa May.  The two might possibly work together to promote this nationally and internationally.

This is not good.

That being said, we will see when and how the UK negotiates its exit from the European Union. EU leaders have asked for it to be sooner than later, and since David Cameron said he wanted the next Prime Minister to do it, the beginning of the negotiations may happen sooner than even Theresa May has indicated.

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