LONDON â€” The Latest on the Conservative Party leadership race in Britain (all times local):
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Britain â€świll have to quickly clarify how it wants to shape its relationship to the European Union in the future.â€ť
According to German news agency dpa, the chancellor made the comment Monday night at a reception for diplomatic corps near Berlin, but didnâ€™t explicitly refer to the news that Theresa May will become Britainâ€™s next prime minister.
She said simply that it is now up to the United Kingdom to officially tell the EU that it wants to leave the bloc â€” only then can the procedure begin.
Dpa reported that Merkel said the UK would remain an important partner for Germany.
According to the dpa, Merkel also said that, â€śIâ€™m firmly convinced that the European Union is strong enough to absorb this break as well.â€ť
David Cameron has gone out not with a bang, nor a whimper, but a mystery tune.
Seconds after the British prime minister finished telling reporters of his intention to step down from office this week, he walked back through the door of his Downing Street residence â€” and the live microphone he was still wearing caught him in an unguarded musical moment.
â€śDo doooooooo, do doooo,â€ť he sang to himself, according to the clip sent by BBC reporter Daniel Sandford.
It wasnâ€™t immediately clear what tune Cameron was singing, but the social media world poured forth with often-satirical suggestions. One writer opined that Cameron had just unwittingly revealed the secret â€śOpen Sesameâ€ť musical code for the Downing Street door. Another theorized that it was Cameronâ€™s personal â€śgame overâ€ť videogame hook. Some thought they detected a hint of â€śThe West Wingâ€ť theme tune.
Soon, hastily remastered clips of Cameronâ€™s doings accompanied to the beats of Dr. Dre were doing the social media rounds.
Incoming British Prime Minister Theresa May says she is â€śhonored and humbledâ€ť to be chosen as new leader.
May addressed her supporters amid a dramatic and turbulent day, trying to reassure the public with characteristic grit and poise. The point was to underscore that the transfer of power will happen smoothly after the vote favoring a British exit from the European Union, or Brexit.
In her brief statement, she repeated that â€śBrexit means Brexitâ€ť and she will make a success of it.
One of the most experienced ministers in government, May is set to be the countryâ€™s new prime minister following 18 tumultuous days in politics since the EU referendum.
The 59-year-old became the leader in waiting when her only rival withdrew from the race, citing a need for national stability and continuity following the vote.
Britainâ€™s Conservative Party has confirmed that Theresa May has been elected party leader â€świth immediate effectâ€ť and will become the countryâ€™s next prime minister.
Graham Brady, who heads the committee running the leadership election, says May was confirmed by the party board after her only remaining rival withdrew from the race.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will step down on Wednesday and May will immediately replace him.
May, who has been Britainâ€™s home secretary for six years, will become the countryâ€™s second female prime minister.
Prime Minister David Cameron says he will step down on Wednesday, making way for Theresa May to succeed him as British leader.
Cameron says itâ€™s clear May has â€śthe overwhelming supportâ€ť of Conservative lawmakers. He says Mayâ€™s rival Andrea Leadsom made the right decision to withdraw from the race, ending the party leadership race.
Cameron says he will attend a final session of Prime Ministerâ€™s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday before going to visit Queen Elizabeth II and tendering his resignation.
The queen has the formal role of appointing the new leader.
The eurozoneâ€™s top official says itâ€™s important that Britainâ€™s next prime minister gets on with sorting out the implications of Britainâ€™s decision to leave the European Union as soon as possible.
Speaking after it became apparent that Theresa May could replace David Cameron as soon as this week, Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the next British prime minister will have to â€śfind solutions for the Brexit which has been causing a lot of problems particularly for the U.K., but also for Europe.â€ť
He said that the â€śsooner we can sort out this problematic situation the better.â€ť
Dijsselbloem spoke ahead of a meeting of the eurozoneâ€™s 19 finance ministers in Brussels.
Though Britainâ€™s decision to leave the EU isnâ€™t a primary topic of discussion, the finance ministers have a number of thorny issues to address that have been elevated in the wake of the referendum result, such as the financial health of Italian banks.
The head of the committee running the Conservative leadership contest says it and the party board will meet to discuss confirming Theresa May as the winner of the race and Britainâ€™s next prime minister.
Mayâ€™s only opponent, Andrea Leadsom, has dropped out of the contest, saying she does not have enough support.
Graham Brady, who heads the partyâ€™s policymaking 1922 Committee, said he would consult the board on Monday before formally confirming that May is the new leader.
He did not suggest re-opening the contest, saying May is now the only contender.
Asked if May would be declared leader by the end of the day he said â€śit wonâ€™t take nine weeksâ€ť â€” the time the race had been due to last.
Andrea Leadsom, who has withdrawn from the race to be Britainâ€™s prime minister, faced a media frenzy over the weekend after comments about the role of motherhood in politics.
She said Monday that â€śbusiness needs certaintyâ€ť in the wake of Britainâ€™s vote to leave the European Union. The vote has unsettled the markets and sent the value of the pound plunging.
She said Britain needs a government that will â€śmove quickly to set out what an independent United Kingdomâ€™s framework for business looks like.
â€śWe now need a new prime minister in place as soon as possible,â€ť Leadsom said.
Conservative lawmaker Andrea Leadsom â€” one of two candidates to become Britainâ€™s prime minister â€” has pulled out of the race.
Leadsom says she has concluded she does not have â€śsufficient supportâ€ť to win. She says the country needs certainty, not a nine-week leadership race.
The announcement leaves Home Secretary Theresa May the only candidate standing to replace David Cameron as Conservative leader and prime minister.
The party is expected to say whether it will to re-open the contest to candidates eliminated in earlier rounds, or declare May the winner unopposed. If so, May could be prime minister within days.
One of the two Conservative candidates to be British prime minister has apologized for any hurt she might have caused her rival with comments that suggested being a mother was an advantage in the job.
Andrea Leadsom said sorry to Theresa May, who has no children, amid the uproar touched off by her Times of London interview. Leadsom insisted she didnâ€™t want motherhood to be part of the campaign.
The two women are in a Conservative Party runoff to replace Prime Minister David Cameron, who is resigning after British voters rejected his advice and chose to leave the European Union in a referendum last month.
Leadsom told the Times that â€śI feel that being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake.â€ť
Leadsom later accused the newspaper of practicing â€śgutter journalismâ€ť and twisting her sentiments in the story, run under the headline â€śbeing a mother gives me edge on Mayâ€“ Leadsom.â€ť
The Times released a recording of part of the interview to show it had quoted Leadsom accurately.
Leadsom told Mondayâ€™s Daily Telegraph newspaper that she believed that having children has â€śno bearing on the ability to be PM.â€ť
â€śI deeply regret that anyone has got the impression that I think otherwise,â€ť she said.
Leadsomâ€™s rivals said both her comments and her subsequent flip-flopping show the junior energy minister doesnâ€™t have the experience under pressure required to be prime minister. Her allies accused supporters of May â€” Britainâ€™s interior minister â€” of attempting to undermine Leadsom.
British politics has been thrown into turmoil by the referendum result, which has sparked leadership struggles in both the governing Conservative and main opposition Labour parties.
Labour lawmaker Angela Eagle was Monday launching an attempt to unseat party leader Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran left-winger who has a strong base of support among Labour members but little backing from the partyâ€™s 229 lawmakers.
Labour legislators have passed a no-confidence motion in Corbyn, and many of his top team in Parliament resigned from their jobs to protest his leadership. He is refusing to resign and says he can win a leadership battle, which would be decided by a vote of party members.
Many Labour lawmakers believe the staunchly socialist, resolutely uncharismatic Corbyn lacks broad appeal to voters. Eagle said he â€śdoesnâ€™t connect enough to win an election.â€ť
Associated Press writer Danica Kirka contributed to this story.