Brexit

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.

Boris Johnson is steamrolling his way to Downing Street

Back Boris! Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

There is little standing in the way of Boris Johnson becoming Britain’s next prime minister.

Why it matters: Johnson is a brash Brexiteer who has vowed to take the U.K. out of the EU without a deal if one can’t be reached by October. He’s often praised for his charisma and criticized for his lack of substance on policy and penchant for provocative rhetoric. He also has a friend in the Oval Office.