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The race to replace Theresa May is down to 6 candidates

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to replace Theresa May as the leader of the Conservative Party. Photo: Luke Dray/Getty Images

Matt Hancock, the health minister to outgoing U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, pulled out from the race to replace her as the Conservative Party's leader on Friday, narrowing the field down to six candidates.

The big picture: Boris Johnson, a brash Brexiteer who has vowed to take the U.K. out of the EU without a deal if necessary, is easily in control of the race — and his frontrunner status is likely to cause other candidates to drop out over the coming days.

Swamped: As domestic reform fails, world leaders take on the globe

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The change promised by the wave of leaders who rose to power around the world since President Trump's 2016 election often hasn't materialized, forcing them to make waves internationally instead of draining their respective swamps.

The big picture: It's not just Trump whose domestic agenda has stalled out. Both Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's far-right policies and French President Emmanuel Macron's technocratic centrism are struggling to move forward at home.

Theresa May will resign as U.K. prime minister

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she will resign as prime minister Friday, meaning a country that was already adrift amid the current Brexit crisis now has to replace its leader as well.

The big picture: May had presented a last-ditch effort to get her Brexit deal across the line, offering up the possibility of a second referendum. That olive branch set off a schism within her own Cabinet, punctuated by the resignation of Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, as ministers signaled throughout the week that the prime minister's political situation was deteriorating.