Leadsom Vows to Keep Brexit Talks Short in Bid to Lead
Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom set out her campaign to lead the U.K. as she vowed to push ahead with the process of pulling the country out of the European Union. “I intend to keep the negotiations as short as possible,” Leadsom said in a speech in London, becoming the fifth and final candidate to detail her leadership platform. “Neither we nor our European friends need prolonged uncertainty.” Prime Minister David Cameron resigned in the wake of the June 23 vote to leave the EU, leaving the decision on when to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty -- the formal process for beginning exit negotiations -- to his successor. Leadsom’s tone contrasts with that of her leadership rival Theresa May, who has ruled out doing so before the end of the year, saying Britain first needs to decide on a negotiating strategy.