London, June 27: Prime Minister David Cameron decided to resign after he lost the campaign to keep Britain in the EU. This triggered a leadership contest in his party, the winner of which will replace him in Downing Street.
As he had already said that he would step down before the next election in 2020, a number of conservative lawmakers have positioned themselves as the next PM. Britain's next PM will have the task of negotiating the exit from the EU.
However, the post-Brexit exit was rather humiliating. He had called for a referendum and campaigned very gard for a "Remain" vote on Thursday's vote.
The 49-year old wa sthe youngest PM in Britain. He was re-elected last year with a Conservative majority. Cameron will hand over the leadership and the keys to the official residence at the Tory Party Conference in October. It is to be noted that his party is divided over the Brexit and 6 of the conservative members were instrumental behind the Brexit.
Potential candidates after Cameron
One of the primary war heads behind the 'Leave' campaign, 52-year old Johnson was a former London Mayor. He has a popular touch that has earned him many eurosceptic Conservative voters.
A close friend of Cameron, his defiance could not be accepted by the latter. Te 48-year old journalist presented the most sobre, celebral face of "Leave" campaign. However, his lowest point was his camparison of economic experts discouraging Brexit to the Nazis who smeared Albert Einstein in the 1930s.
Interior Minister Theresa May avoided the face off, although she is a supporter of Britain in EU. However, she maintained a low profile throughout the campaign, giving her a high possibility of succeeding Cameron.
Finance MInister in the David Cameron government, Osborne showed his support for a "Remain" vote, which angered a number of Tory members. He had warned of the economic risks that a Brexit may lead to and called his rivals "economically illiterate".
Apart from the above-mentioned, two more candidates Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, and Stephen Crabb, the work and pensions secretary may also find themselves in the fray.