The United Kingdom could have a new prime minister in a matter of days.
Home Secretary Theresa May is the only remaining candidate to replace David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister after Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the race on Monday.
That leaves May as the sole remaining candidate.
Assuming she is confirmed, May could become prime minister within days.
Leadsom withdrew after sparking an uproar over the weekend where she suggested being a mother would be an advantage in the job. Leadsom has children; May does not.
Before the announcement, Leadsom had apologized to May, telling Monday’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that she believed that having children has “no bearing on the ability to be PM.”
“I deeply regret that anyone has got the impression that I think otherwise,” she said.
Graham Brady, the head of the committee running the contest, said the party board would meet to discuss confirming May as the winner.
Cameron announced his resignation after British voters rejected his advice and chose to leave the European Union in a referendum last month, though he wasn’t expected to step down until September.
Leadsom’s decision speeds up the process of replacing Cameron. Because the Conservative Party is in power, only its 150,000 members get to pick the party leader, who by default becomes prime minister.
However, the decision could be good news for business. Leadsom said “business needs certainty” in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, which has unsettled the markets and sent the value of the pound plunging.
She said Britain needed a government that would move quickly to set out what an independent United Kingdom’s framework for business looks like.
May was in favour of the UK remaining in the EU, while Leadsom campaigned for the “leave” side.