Britain's interior minister Theresa May and energy minister Andrea Leadsom begin a two-women campaign to become Britain's next prime minister and lead the country out of the European Union. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Britain's interior minister Theresa May and energy minister Andrea Leadsom began their campaigns on Friday (July 8) to become Britain's next prime minister and lead the country out of the European Union. The two women became the final two candidates for 10 Downing Street after Justice Secretary Michael Gove was eliminated from the race on Thursday (July 7). May won 199 votes and Leadsom 84 in a second ballot of lawmakers of the governing Conservative party. Leadsom, who backed Britain to leave the EU, said the decision to leave provided Britain with great prospects for the future, despite fears of long-term damage to the UK economy. "We really need to reassure businesses and make sure that they're sort of not pausing in their activities, in investment in the UK and so on. We need to give the strong message that Britain is open for business and so that's exactly what I will be doing. There is so reason to think that the UK needs to have any pause or problem arising from leaving the EU. I think there's a huge upside" Meanwhile May attended an event at a school in Oxfordshire. She called for unity and said she was the best candidate for a post-Brexit Britain. "I'm going out now to the country to the vote of the membership, to put my case forward for proven leadership to get the best deal out of Brexit, to unite the party and the country and crucially to make Britain a country that works for everyone. Not a country that works for the privileged few, but a country that works for everyone." Around 150,000 grassroots Conservatives across the country will now vote to decide whether May or Leadsom becomes Britain's first woman prime minister since Margaret Thatcher was forced from office in 1990. The result of the contest is expected by Sept. 9.