FILE PHOTO: Dominic Raab, former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union gives a radio interview outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

LONDON (Reuters) – Several of the leading candidates to become Britains next prime minister and take on the challenge of delivering Brexit will launch their leadership campaigns on Monday, as the crowded contest officially begins.

Britain is seeking a new leader after Theresa May announced she would resign, having failed to deliver Brexit on schedule in March and seen her authority over a divided parliament evaporate after three heavy defeats in votes to approve her exit deal.

Mays successor will inherit Britains deepest political crisis in decades over how, when and whether it should leave the EU. The next leaders choices will affect the countrys future role on the world stage and prosperity for generations to come.

Nominations for the contest will open on Monday, with each of the 11 hopeful needing to secure at least eight backers among the Conservatives 300-plus elected lawmakers. Voting later in the week will whittle the field down further.

While candidates are keen to set out policies beyond Brexit, leaving the European Union is set to dominate the agenda for a series of campaign launches due on Monday from contenders representing a wide spectrum of views.

Dominic Raab, one of the most hardline Brexit advocates who says he would rather leave without a deal than delay the exit beyond its current date of Oct. 31, will launch under the banner of “BRead More

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