Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid Potential Candidate To Replace Theresa May


Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid potential candidate to replace Theresa May

Sajid Javid is the first ethnic minority politician to serve as Britain's Home Secretary.

London (Pakistan Point News – 28th March, 2019) British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Wednesday that she will quit before the next phase of Brexit negotiations, bowing to pressure from Conservatives in her party who wanted her to resign.

Among the five potential candidates that may replace Theresa May is Sajid Javid, a Pakistani-origin Conservative Party member and Home Secretary of the United Kingdom.

Sajid Javid is the first ethnic minority politician to serve as Britain's Home Secretary.

A longtime Eurosceptic, he reluctantly backed "remain" in the 2016 referendum. Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he said he voted to remain in the bloc with a "heavy heart and no enthusiasm."

His parents were born in India and moved to Pakistan before coming to Britain.

Theresa May’s announcement came as UK parliamentarians in a vote on Wednesday supported legislation delaying the country's withdrawal from the European Union until April 12 or May 22, depending on whether the lawmakers would support the Brexit deal negotiated by the government of UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

The legislation was adopted in a 441-105 vote.

The United Kingdom was initially supposed to leave the European Union on March 29.

The sides have reached a withdrawal deal. However, the UK parliament has failed to pass the agreement, prompting May to ask the bloc for extending the "divorce" deadline.

Last week, EU heads of state and government agreed to give London until May 22 if the UK lawmakers pass the withdrawal deal this week or until April 12 if the deal is not adopted within the agreed time frame.

Mahnoor Sheikh

The writer is News Editor, Pakistan Point. She has graduated in Mass Communication and has worked in various media houses