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News round-up: Brexit vote
In what has been a tumultuous few days we summarise the current situation in Westminster and Holyrood.
Shortly after the leave vote was announced, Prime Minister David Cameron resigned. He set out a timetable for his replacement to be in post by October. He left the work of triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union and the start of official leaving talks, firmly with his successor. The presidents of the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the European Council, as well as by the prime minister of the Netherlands, which holds the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the EU called on the UK government to start the negotiation process sooner rather than later.
Pro-EU demonstrations have taken place in London and a petition to re-run the referendum has gained a sizable amount of signatures. According to the police, reported incidents of racial unrest in England have increased by 57%.
Nominations for the leadership of the Conservative Party opened yesterday. Theresa May is the current favourite, though there are many others have put their names forward. When there are more than two candidates, MPs vote until there are two candidates remaining. Conservative party members then vote to elect the party leader from those two names. The new leader is almost certain to become the next prime minister, as the Conservatives hold a majority in Westminster. The next general election is not due to be held until 2020, although there have been calls to hold an election much earlier. (more…)
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