De-coding May's principles and policies


Here's everything you need to know about Britain's new prime minister's stances in politics

Theresa May will take over David Cameron for the position of prime minister of the UK on Wednesday, after opposing candidate Andrea Leadsom dropped out of the race on Monday. Previously Home Minister of Britain, May will be in-charge of guiding the region through its post-Brexit era and many are hoping that she is the right woman for the job. Here's everything you need to know about May's stances in politics.

May's views aren't all strictly Conservative.

Unlike some of the other members of her party, May regularly campaigns for women's and LGBTQ rights, voting for the appeal for same-sex marriage to be legal in the UK. In 2002, she gained recognition for delivering a powerful speech telling her fellow party members that they needed to stop being regarded as the 'nasty party' in British politics.

May has a tough stance on immigration.

One of her best known views, May committed herself to attempt and reduce the net flow of migration into Britain. She is known for introducing a law that refused skilled immigrants from entering the UK unless they made more than 37,000 pounds a year. Despite trying to cut down the flow to a 100,000 per year, numbers have been last reported at 330,000 per year.

Despite her views, she campaigned to remain in the EU.

Since she has been vocal about her views on immigration during her tenure at the Home Office, it was surprising when May announced she was supporting Cameron in his belief Britain would be stronger in the EU. However, many political observers have pointed to her relatively soft campaign as indication she was aware she'd have a shot to take over the Conservative Party.

Her plan for Brexit isn't fail-proof.

Though May has promised she will not hold a second referendum, she has stated she will hold off Article 50 until the end of the year. She believes negotiating terms with the EU to allow British access to European markets may be the key to success, but several senior members of the EU have already stated no such deal will be on offer. Only time will tell if May will deliver on her promises.

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