If the front-running finalist to be the next British prime
minister wins the mail-in election now underway, both
the head of state and head of government in the United
Kingdom will be named Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth II is already the head of state, and
Elizabeth “Liz” Truss would become the head of
The postal election by 160,000 qualified Conservative
Party voters is the final phase of the process by which
a successor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who
recently resigned, will be chosen. A series of votes
among Conservative (Tory) members of Parliament has
now narrowed the original eight candidates to two.
Mail ballots will be tallied by September 5, and the
winner will become prime minister on September 6.
Truss, the current British foreign minister, is opposed
by Rishi Sunak, the former finance minister. Truss
was generally considered the winner of their televised
debate just held, and leads by a big margin in a poll
Truss considers herself to be a conservative in the
tradition of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,
and advocates lowering taxes. She is also a strong
supporter of Ukraine in its current war with Russia.
A Johnson loyalist, she did not resign as Sunak did,
and her support from other Johnson loyalists, was
key to her becoming a finalist.
Originally an opponent to Brexit, the British withdrawal
from the European Union in 2020, Truss became a strong
supporter of the controversial action that succeeded
in a national vote. Brexit still has much support among
Tory members of Parliament.
Should she become prime minister, she would not have
to face the whole British electorate for two years —
when the five-year term won by Boris Johnson is ended
and a new election will take place. Johnson and the
Tories won a decisive victory over the Labour and
Liberal parties three years ago, but recent polls indicate
that Labour now leads the Conservatives among all
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