Conservatives with their eyes on 10 Downing Street wasted no time jockeying for the prime minister job after Boris Johnson announced he would step down earlier this month, The New York Times reports.
British Attorney General Suella Braverman and centrist lawmaker Tom Tugendhat have already announced their intentions to seek the job, though neither is seen as a front-runner.
Other potential candidates include Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, former Health Secretary Sajid Javid, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and Brexit hard-liner Steve Baker.
But without a clear favorite, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, and former senior Cabinet Minister Michael Gove may run as well.
How does it work?
The country is not expected to hold new elections. Instead, the Conservative Party will select a new leader who will take over as the prime minister.
The list of candidates could reach double digits but lawmakers are expected to narrow down the field to two by their July 21 summer recess.
The party’s 200,000 members will then vote to determine its next leader and the country’s next prime minister.
When will Johnson leave?:
Johnson has resisted calls to step down immediately, staying on in a caretaker role until his replacement is chosen.
“How many more months of chaos must we endure?” Deputy Labour Party Leader Angela Rayner questioned in an op-ed.
“Enough is enough.” she added. “The public is fed up with the lies, lawbreaking and sleaze.”