“I Do So With No ILL WILL” – U.K. PM Theresa May announces her resignation 7th June.
Theresa May on Friday announced that she will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader on the 7th of June, after admitting defeat in her attempt to take Britain out of the European Union and sparking a contest to replace her as prime minister.
May said she will quit as head of the governing party on June 7 but stay as caretaker prime minister until the new leader is chosen, a process the Conservatives aim to complete by late July.
The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election, and will take up the task of trying to secure Britain’s exit from the EU.
May took office in 2016 shortly after the Brexit vote and spent more than 18 months in Brexit negotiations with the EU, but her deal was rejected three times by Britain’s Parliament.
In the months that followed the Brexit vote, many Conservative lawmakers would come to view Theresa May as the main obstacle to leaving the EU, although her replacement will face the same issue: a Parliament deeply divided over whether to exit the EU, and how close a relationship to seek with Europe after it does.
In her statement, May made it very clear that she was quitting her position due to her failure to effectively negotiate a proper exit for Britain on the scheduled date of March 29. Although Britain is currently due to leave the EU on Oct. 31, Parliament has yet to approve divorce terms.
“I negotiated the terms of our exit and a new relationship with our closest neighbours that protects jobs, our security and our Union,” May said. “I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal. Sadly, I have not been able to do so.”Theresa May, U.K. PM
“It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort,” she added.
There are already several contenders for May’s position, the most notable being Boris Johnson, who we all know is a strong supporter of Brexit.
May reached her breaking point this week as the leader of the House of Andrea Leadsom quit and several Cabinet colleagues expressed doubts about the bill she planned to put before Parliament in a fourth attempt to secure lawmakers’ backing for her Brexit blueprint.
May’s speech has been lauded by several of her colleagues including Boris Johnson and Andrea Leadsom, who both tweeted on the subject.
However, whoever will succeed Theresa May, is sure to face a tough challenge to unite a country and a Parliament still deeply divided over the country’s relationship with Europe.