Who will take over for Theresa May

David Lidington is commonly referred to as the "de facto representative" of Theresa May, which in many ways is an auxiliary construction. In fact, he is the "deputy leader" of the Tories, that is, the deputy leader of the Conservative Party and, to that extent, deputy of the party leader, who is still called Theresa May. In addition, Lidington, who is often called "the gray man" in the media because he works so efficiently and inconspicuously in the background, holds a central position in the government as Minister of the Cabinet Office, which in Germany would be comparable to the Chancellery Minister. But these are only titles. The real importance of the 62-year-old in British politics can hardly be overestimated.

Lidington applies, and that alone is an art, as someone who has no enemies. He is highly respected on all sides of the divided parliament, has represented the government position several times in the lower house when May was absent or hoarse - and has not been shouted down. That can be seen as a success. This is probably one of the reasons why he is currently being traded as a possible successor to the Prime Minister should she be forced to resign. The signs of this are increasing.

His position in the Brexit dispute does not actually predestine him as interim prime minister, because the experienced Tory politician, who has sat in parliament since 1992, was a staunch remainer, i.e. an opponent of leaving the EU. As European Secretary of State under David Cameron, he knows Brussels well and has clearly positioned himself in the Brexit campaign against those who saw the European Union as a corrupt juggernaut and an opponent. At that time he spoke out in favor of reforms in the EU; For example, it must transfer more tasks back to the nation states. An exit is at best an emergency solution. Should Europe open up to reforms, the massive doubts of the British people would also decrease. Now, years later, he has fought for the EU exit agreement negotiated by May as the best compromise solution - much to the displeasure of both the Leaver and the Remainer in the group, who all reject the deal.

The man from South London is therefore not a natural candidate for taking office from May, because he is clearly on the wrong side, especially for the Brexiteers in the party who are calling for a hard Brexit. In addition, half a dozen other names are traded who dare to do the difficult job of bridging the deep divisions in the country and the formation of camps in the party and parliament - and negotiating a new deal with the EU. On the other hand, there is some evidence that the historian and father of four sons has a chance of being able to pull the cart out of the mud for at least a few months - if he should want to.

The country may need a new head of government very quickly who can build bridges and is not driven by personal ambition. According to the current debate, a successor could temporarily take over the post until autumn. In this way, the party would initially be spared a time-consuming, official selection process for a successor to May, who would come at an inopportune time in the current chaos of the Brexit negotiations. Six ministers, reports the Times on Sunday, have already spoken out in favor of May's deputy. Interior Minister Sajid Javid, who is also credited with ambitions, is said to have agreed to stand back with his own ambitions by autumn this year. Lidington, in turn, said on Sunday that he had no ambitions to take May's job and he was soliciting support for his boss. Which does not mean that he will not be ready in the end if the cabinet only asks him violently enough