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Who is Theresa May, next in line to lead Britain?

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By: ELIOT C. MCLAUGHIN

(CNN) - Theresa May is not a mother -- her opponent made that clear, to her own demise -- but you may be wondering who exactly is this conservative politician tapped to lead post-Brexit Great Britain.

Let's start by making one thing clear: Though May stood with the Remain camp, there will be no do-over on the Brexit vote.

    "Brexit means Brexit. The campaign was fought. The vote was held. Turnout was high, and the public gave their verdict," she said, asserting there was no chance of a second referendum on Britain leaving the European Union.

    The 59-year-old May became the heir apparent after Andrea Leadsom, the final of four opponents in the bid to lead the Conservative Party, dropped out following backlash to her remarks that she was more qualified than May to lead Britain because she is a mother.

    To be fair, the tea leaves were already pointing toward May, who garnered 99 more Conservative Parliament members' votes than Leadsom in the first round of ballots, and 115 more in the second.

    Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he will lead his last Cabinet meeting Tuesday and will deliver his resignation to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. May will formally replace Cameron on Wednesday evening.

    "It is clear Theresa May has the overwhelming support of the Conservative parliamentary party," he said in a statement. "I'm also delighted that Theresa May will be the next prime minister. She is strong, she is competent, she's more than able to provide the leadership the country is going to need in the years ahead and she will have my full support."

    Leadsom also pledged her support to May.

    In remarks shortly after her leadership was affirmed, May vowed to negotiate with the European Union for a successful Brexit, to unite the country and to espouse a "strong, new, positive vision for the future," not just for the privileged, but for everyone.

    Read more about Britain's next leader on CNN.

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