Sunak vs. Truss… Who will be the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?
Former Finance Secretary Rishi Sunakand the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Liz Truss, became this Wednesday the final two candidates to become the next British prime ministerwhich begins the last stage of the race to replace Boris Johnson.
Sunak has led every round of voting among Conservative lawmakers, but it is Truss who seems to have the upper hand so far among Conservatives. about 200 thousand members of the ruling partywhich will finally choose the winner.
The final stretch of a weeks-long contest will pit Sunak, a former Goldman Sachs banker who has raised tax pressure to the highest level since the 1950s, with Truss, a talk to Brexit who has promised to cut taxes and regulation.
Whoever triumphs when the result is announced on September 5 will inherit difficulties for Britain not seen for decades. Inflation is on track to reach 11% per yeargrowth is stalling, strikes are on the rise and the pound is near record lows against the dollar.
Under Johnson’s command, and with the help of Truss, Britain took a hard line against Brussels in their post-Brexit negotiations over Northern Ireland, prompting legal action from the European Union and putting future trade ties at risk.
Eleven candidates originally stood, but in a fifth and final vote by Conservative lawmakers, junior trade minister Penny Mordaunt was eliminated. Sunak received 137 of the 357 votes, to Truss’s 113 and Mordaunt’s 105.
Surveys indicate that Truss would beat Sunak in the contest between party members, but everything could change when the two finalists begin weeks of electoral campaign throughout the country.
Truss thanked her supporters. “I am prepared to strike from day one”he said on Twitter.
Sunak, also on Twitter, posted: “Grateful that my colleagues have placed their trust in me today. I will work day and night to take our message across the country”.