In the two weeks since Britain voted to “Leave” the European Union, British politics has been more tumultuous than at any time in the recent past. David Cameron has resigned—and the race to succeed him as both leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister is well underway. Indeed, last week we ran a panel on who should replace him.
But while the conversation about who should lead the country has been constant, far less has been said on the matter of who should replace George Osborne as Chancellor.
Osborne joined Cameron in campaigning vigorously for a “Remain” vote, which presumably means he will eventually make way—voluntarily or otherwise—in the wake of the Brexit vote. Who should take his place—and why? Below, a panel of contributors including Vince Cable and Malcolm Rifkind offer their views.
Someone willing to challenge economic orthodoxy
Vince Cable, former Business Secretary
If Theresa is leader we shall probably get someone safe and sensible but unadventurous like Philip Hammond or Michael Fallon. Andrea Leadsom had a reputation at the Treasury as a very poor minister who thought she knew it all; she would probably bring in a maverick like John Redwood.