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UK's Gove: next PM must be a "Leaver"

Friday, July 01, 2016 - 01:28

Conservative leadership candidate Michael Gove insists that the country's next Prime Minister must be someone who argued to leave the European Union. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: British justice minister Michael Gove, who is seeking to become prime minister, said on Friday (July 1) the country's next leader had to be someone who supported the Leave campaign, which he co-led to victory in last week's European Union referendum. "The one thing I want to make clear, is the person that I believe who should be Prime Minister of this country, should be someone who argued for and believes in the mandate of the British people and Theresa did not argue for, and didn't put the case for Britain to leave the European Union," Gove said referring to his main rival for the leadership of the ruling Conservative Party Theresa May, the country's interior minister, who campaigned for the Remain camp. Prime Minister David Cameron announced he would resign on June 24, hours after he lost the referendum campaign. The Justice minister also launched on a platform of ending freedom of movement to limit immigration to the UK and told reporters why he had decided to run, and effectively end the chances of fellow Brexiteer Boris Johnson's chances of becoming prime minister. "I came to realize this week, for all Boris' formidable talents he was not the right person for that task. That realization meant that once more, I faced a difficult decision. Could I recommend to friends, colleagues and the country a course which I no longer believed. I could not. I had to stand up for my convictions," he said. Gove also said he did not think there would be a second referendum on Scottish independence as a result of last week's vote to leave the European Union. Scotland voted emphatically to remain in the European Union last Thursday but the United Kingdom as a whole voted to leave and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said a second independence referendum was "highly likely."

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UK's Gove: next PM must be a "Leaver"

Friday, July 01, 2016 - 01:28