Theresa May Succeeds David Cameron as Prime Minister

Britain’s home secretary moves into 10 Downing Street and immediately reshuffles the cabinet.

British prime minister Theresa May is applauded walking into 10 Downing Street in London, England, July 13, 2016
British prime minister Theresa May is applauded walking into 10 Downing Street in London, England, July 13, 2016 (The Prime Minister’s Office/Tom Evans)
  • Queen Elizabeth II has accepted David Cameron’s resignation as prime minister and asked Theresa May to form a new government.
  • May won the leadership of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, and hence the prime ministership, by default on Monday when her last rival withdrew.
  • She immediately fired George Osborne, Cameron’s deputy, and named Philip Hammond as chancellor.
  • Boris Johnson, who led the campaign to take Britain out of the European Union, now takes Hammond’s place as foreign secretary.
  • May also appointed David Davis as minister for Brexit. He will presumably lead the negotiations for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

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