British Home Secretary and leadership candidate for Britain's ruling Conservative Party Theresa May leaves after attending a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, in London, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Conservative lawmakers were choosing the final two candidates Thursday to replace David Cameron as Britain's next prime minister -- and lead the country out of the European Union.Interior minister Theresa May is the frontrunner, but two Brexit campaigners are battling to be her opponent in the final contest, which will be decided by 150,000 Conservative Party members.The winner, due to be announced on Sept. 9, will have the task of extricating Britain from its 43-year membership of the EU following the seismic vote in last month's referendum to leave the bloc.Cameron quit as the results came through, plunging Britain's future into uncertainty.Johnson, the former London mayor and Brexit campaigner who was long tipped to succeed Cameron, then pulled out.With EU leaders pushing Britain to speed up the race and begin Brexit negotiations, a group of about 30 MPs have signed a letter calling for a new leader to be installed by the end of the month.
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