Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday he would step down in two days, clearing the way for Theresa May to become Britain’s next leader as the country plots its exit from the European Union.

The announcement by Cameron came just hours after May’s only rival in the race — Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom — unexpectedly abandoned her campaign, saying the country could not afford a drawn-out political contest and needed to launch quickly into the complicated bargaining with the European Union over the split.

Cameron said he would step down on Wednesday, opening the way for May to take the keys to 10 Downing St.

“I’m delighted that Theresa May will be the next prime minister. She is strong, she is competent, she is more than able to provide the leadership that our country is going to need in the years ahead, and she will have my full support,” Cameron said.

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