11/07/2016 13:56 BST | Updated 11/07/2016 15:45 BST

Andrea Leadsom Quits Tory Leadership Race, Prompting Mockery Of Brexiteers 'Taking Back Control'

'Take back control! No, you take back control. No, you take back control.'

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Leadsom became one of the last leading Brexit figures to bow out after she withdrew from the Tory leadership race

Brexit campaigners have been mocked online for their mass exodus from the frontline of politics after Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the Tory leadership contest on Monday. 

The move, which paves the way for Remain campaigner Theresa Mayto be the country’s new prime minister, comes after the departure of several prominent ‘Leave’ MPs from the forefront of politics.

Leadsom followed Michael Gove out of the race to succeed David Cameron, while Boris Johnson, who was tipped to run himself, declined to run.

Prominent leave campaigner Nigel Farage stepped down as Ukip leader following the result, while Liam Fox was also moved out of the limelight after a short bid running for the Tory leadership.

Leadsom’s dramatic announcement prompted many people to poke fun at key Leave campaigners at following through on their word - by leaving.

Labour MP Mary Creagh, presenter Jon Snow and journalist Piers Morgan also took to social media to mock the Leavers’ sudden disappearance.

The ridicule came after Leadsom withdrew from the leadership competition. 

Theresa May, the only remaining contender, will be formally confirmed as the new party leader as soon as the Conservative Party board has been consulted, Graham Brady, the chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, has said, although he refused to give an exact timetable.

Both Labour and the Lib Dems have said May should go to the country in a general election.