Britain needs clear negotiating stance before article 50 – Candidate May

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:09 GMT, Jul 3, 2016 |

Britain’s Home Secretary Theresa May, a candidate in the contest to be the UK’s next prime minister and leader of the Conservative party, said on Sunday (July 3) that if she became the next premier she would not trigger article 50 this year to ensure a clear negotiating stance on a post-Brexit deal with the European Union.

May is a front-runner in the contest to be the country’s next prime minister but said that there should still be an election within the party rather than a “coronation” of the most popular candidate.

“I think there should be a contest. I think it’s important that members have their opportunity to have their say. And I think that what people want to hear is what the arguments are and people putting those arguments together and this isn’t a new position that I’ve taken,” she told journalist Robert Peston.

Prime Minister David Cameron resigned after Britons voted to leave the EU on June 23. He had led the campaign for “Remain” alongside May.