No high-profile Tory have officially declared yet, but those who have promised to run include Chancellor Philip Hammond, Business Secretary Greg Clark, health secretary Jeremy Hunt and foreign secretary Boris Johnson.
May will pitch an £84 billion seven-year spending boost for schools, hospitals and the military as necessary after voters approved leaving the EU.
“I promise you the most radical settlement for our public services that we have ever had,” May said.
The party’s traditionally hard-line Brexit wing called for May to resign, while another key group of lawmakers said she should accept that the result of June’s referendum does not now need to be followed.
May indicated that ministers, rather than parliament, would have final say on the final deal for Britain with the EU after Brexit, which she promised will result in an agreement that “replaces membership with a new, comprehensive, bespoke relationship based on trade, co-operation and partnership, but where we do not choose to follow any EU rules.”
May lost her majority in parliament in June, when members of her own party voted against an attempt to secure “meaningful” exit negotiations with the EU on the terms of Brexit.
As she faced challenges at home and abroad, May said that she would focus her government on protecting “British jobs and living standards.”
A poll conducted for the BBC showed that support for the Conservative Party had fallen in a reversal of the party’s position during a devastating snap election in June that put the Tories behind the opposition Labour Party by 12 percentage points.
Since that election, the party has lost five Cabinet ministers to leave May’s staff depleted to a bare membership.
May insists that the government has the plan to reduce the gender pay gap that means women now earn 17.6 percent less than men and plans to increase the rate to the EU target of 20 percent by 2020.
There is no Brexit date set yet, but May said that she wants a “seamless” immigration system in Britain and that if the government stops accepting Syrian refugees she will work to find an alternative for Britain.
“We must find a long-term solution. Britain must remain a sanctuary for the world’s most vulnerable people,” she said.