Boris Johnson, who has pledged to deliver Brexit on Oct.
31, surged closer to power on Thursday, winning by far the most support from Conservative lawmakers.
Johnson won the support of 114 Conservative lawmakers in the first round of the contest to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister.
Three years since voting 52%-48% to leave the European Union, the United Kingdom is heading toward a possible crisis over Brexit.
Most of the candidates vying to succeed May are prepared to leave on Oct.