Yet if Theresa May had the powers of an ancient Roman Dictator, she would have successfully exercised her authority to get through one of her three rejected deals and United Kingdom would be back home. "We would be punished for our failure to deliver Brexit and under any leader this would risk Corbyn by Christmas".
Several candidates including Mr Johnson has announced that they would be prepared to leave the European Union with a No Deal Brexit, while others, such as Remain-voting Mr Stewart, have said they would not serve under a leader who pursued such a move.
The EU extended Britain's departure date to October 31 but there still is no consensus among British lawmakers about how or even if the country should leave the bloc.
May's revised Brexit agreement, which included a vote on a second referendum if it were to be passed in parliament, infuriated MPs in her party, was rejected by Labour, and led to the resignation of Andrea Leadsome, a senior Cabinet member and leader of the House of Commons.
The contest is being held against the backdrop of European Parliament elections that the new Brexit Party of the anti-EU populist Nigel Farage is expected to win with about a third of the vote. 'The way to get a good deal is to prepare for no deal.
Mr Hunt claimed his business background would help resolve Brexit, telling the Sunday Times: "If I was prime minister, I'd be the first prime minister in living memory who has been an entrepreneur by background".
The same question was asked immediately after the first parliamentary defeat of May's Brexit deal in January, the largest government defeat in British history, in which 61% said the United Kingdom was in a state of crisis.
Raab and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced their candidacies in the Sunday papers. "I am ready to unite the Conservative and Unionist Party, ready to deliver Brexit and ready to lead this great country", he said, without giving any detail on his plans for Brexit.
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"I've been determined over the last three years to support the prime minister in getting her Brexit deal over the line". Explaining the reason for her decision, she said it would be in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to oversee Brexit.
In 2017, May moved to dissolve the lower house for a general election in an attempt to expand the party's power, but contrary to her aims, her party ended up with fewer seats.
'He wants to leave with a deal and many of his potential supporters are expecting him to walk back from what he said, a person closely involved in one of leadership campaigns told the Financial Times.
Tory MPs have until the week beginning 10 June to put their name forward, and any of them can stand - as long as they have the backing of two parliamentary colleagues. Health Secretary Matt Hancock also threw his hat in the ring.
The International Development Secretary, who voted for Remain in the 2016 referendum, said: "I could not serve in a government whose policy was to push this country into a no-deal Brexit".
Mr Johnson insisted last week that the United Kingdom would quit the bloc on October 31 "deal or no deal".
"I think that I've evolved as a politician". Here Ipswich Borough Council leader David Ellesmere says she made several key errors which made her departure "inevitable". Reflecting the party's divisions, former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith, a pro-Brexit lawmaker, told London radio station LBC that Stewart was "stupid" for ruling out serving under Johnson.