Published: Sat, May 25, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

UK Prime Minister Theresa May resigns in wake of mismanaged Brexit

UK Prime Minister Theresa May resigns in wake of mismanaged Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will step down as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, 2019 starting a process that will lead to a Conservative Party leadership contest and a new British prime minister who will lead the government during the Brexit process.

Brexit is front and center in British politics.

More than 12 Conservative MPs are seriously considering running, Laura Kuenssberg said, with former foreign secretary Boris Johnson now seen as the front runner.

May announced her resignation on Friday, bowing to pressure from a group of senior Tory MPs after being threatened with a new vote of no confidence. She voted in favor of Leave in the 2016 referendum citing the EU's democratic deficits, and quit May's cabinet in November 2018 in protest of her Brexit plan which allegedly binds the United Kingdom too close to the EU. The letters were in sealed envelopes, ready to be opened Friday if she declined or refused an invitation to finally step down. French President Emmanuel Macron praised May's " courageous work" and U.S. President Donald Trump said he felt bad for her.

Andrea Leadsom, who resigned from her cabinet position in the week of May's announcement, is also a contender.

The Prime Minister who has shown no emotion through three years of leadership, many months of political failures and internal backstabbing, finally dropped the "Brexit means Brexit" rhetoric and fought back tears. "She did her utmost, and I wish her all the very best". "I believe it was right to persevere even when the odds against success seemed high", she said. Theresa May says she'll quit as UK Conservative leader on June 7, sparking contest for Britain's next prime minister.

He said that after nominations close, successive rounds of voting among MPs will whittle the contenders down to a final two. The plan has now been pulled and it's unclear if Members of Parliament will vote on it when they return from a spring break on June 3.

Theresa May addresses the House of Commons before the first vote on her Brexit deal. The son of a Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany, Raab is the second favorite to become the UK's next prime minister.

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"Her departure will not solve the Brexit mess that the Tories have created".

Pledging to keep working with May in the same spirit as long as she is in office, Merkel noted Berlin "wishes to maintain close cooperation and a close relationship with the British government", spokesperson Martina Fietz said.

"She and I had profound disagreements-not least on her handling of Brexit and her disregard for Scotland's interests".

Her careful compromise of an agreement was rejected by both sides of the Brexit debate.

The pound and British stocks rose after news of May's resignation, as some investors appeared to hope it could unblock the political stalemate over Brexit, though analysts warn it could simply mean another delay to the European Union departure.

May's departure deepens the Brexit crisis as a new leader, who should be in place by the end of July, is likely to want a more decisive split, raising the chances of a confrontation with the European Union and potentially a snap parliamentary election. But following a European parliamentary election that saw her Conservative Party crash to historic lows, she has finally thrown in the towel.

In a speech on Friday in Switzerland, Johnson gave a strong hint of the Brexit outcome if he wins. He tweeted that the "the deal reached between the European Union and Britain for an orderly Brexit remains on the table". Johnson acknowledged as much, adding that "the way to get a good deal is to prepare for a no deal". There has been talk of an alliance between Johnson and the former Remainer, Amber Rudd. Since succeeding Johnson in the role of dealing with foreign affairs, he claimed that Brussels came across as "arrogant" during Brexit negotiations.

"It means that we now enter a new phase when it comes to Brexit, and a phase that may be a very risky one for Ireland", Varadkar said while casting his ballot in the European Parliament election.

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