Brexit: Theresa May resigns with "regret of not being able to implement it"

After postponing the deadline, the British Prime Minister announced that she will finally leave office on June 7th.

Theresa May resigns

After postponing the deadline, the British Prime Minister announced that she will finally leave office on June 7th.

"I will serve as Prime Minister for as long as you want me," promised Theresa May in the wake of the catastrophic early parliamentary elections she had clumsily organized in June 2017.

On Friday, May 24, in the morning, in front of the famous black door of the 10, Downing Street, the Prime Minister drew the consequences of the total loss of confidence, even the mistrust of her ministers and conservative deputies. Nearly three years after the Brexit referendum, after spending an unsuccessful thirty-four months in implementing the British voters' decision, Ms May had to unwillingly announce that she would resign on Friday, June 7th.

"I agreed with the [Conservative] party chairman that the process for the election of a new leader will begin the following week," June 10. After Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron, May is the third Conservative Prime Minister to fall on the issue of Europe.

The Tory deputies, furious at his latest concessions opening the possibility of a second referendum on Brexit, have left him no other choice. A refusal on his part would have led to a vote of no confidence. To allow him to leave with dignity, they only agreed to postpone the date of his resignation after the visit to the United Kingdom of Donald Trump, from June 3 to 5 and after the ceremonies marking the anniversary of the Allied landing in Normandy, on June 6 .


"I negotiated the terms of our departure [from the EU]. I did everything I could to convince members to support this agreement, she said. Unfortunately, I could not do it. It now seems clear to me that it is in the interest of the country that a new prime minister lead this task. "

Affirming her "deep regret at not being able to implement Brexit," she continued, "My successor will have to reach a consensus. This consensus will be possible only if, on both sides of the debate, we accept a compromise ". The warning can be addressed in particular to Boris Johnson, favorite for his succession, and supporter of a hard Brexit.

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A Conservative Party activist since her youth, Ms. May, 62, has expressed confidence in the future of the Tories. While polls predict a calamitous score (less than 10% of the vote) in the European elections that took place Thursday, June 23 in the UK but the results will be announced on Sunday night, the departing premier said:

"I know that the Conservative Party can renew itself in the coming year. I know we can implement Brexit. "

The emotion began to overwhelm her when she said, "I will soon leave the function that has been the honor of my life to serve. The second woman prime minister, but certainly not the last. The tears came when she spoke of her gratitude for "serving the country she loves". Then the woman of duty quickly eclipsed the black door rather than giving the spectacle of her trouble.

Theresa May will remain in office until a new Conservative leader is appointed by July 20. In the United Kingdom, the party leader who commands a majority in Parliament automatically becomes prime minister. The nomination process takes place in two stages: the deputies will select the two best candidates, then the members of the party will decide between them.

Boris Johnson is the ultra favorite of the members. He is not appreciated by the deputies, but his critics are turning to him. After the announced victory of Nigel Farage's Brexit Party (far right) in the European elections, Johnson appears to many conservative politicians as the only one able to implement the Brexit that conservative voters demand. Many people also believe that he alone can help them get re-elected in the legislative elections that will probably follow the appointment of the next Prime Minister, if, as is likely, the parliamentary impasse persists. Soon after the resignation of Theresa May, Boris Johnson spoke: "Thank you for your stoic service to our country and the Conservative Party. Now is the time to follow (your) exhortations: to assemble and implement the Brexit, "tweeted the one who promises to resume trading at zero.

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The timetable announced Friday for the resignation of Theresa May excludes the new attempt to vote on an amended version of the Brexit agreement she wanted to make in early June. This probably means that the "deal" with Brussels laboriously negotiated for nearly two years is politically dead with the prime minister who tried in vain to have it ratified. A thunderbolt in British politics, Ms. May's departure is also one for the European Union.

In France, Emmanuel Macron, who salutes "his courageous work", called for a "quick clarification on Brexit". In Germany, Angela Merkel said she "respected" the decision of Theresa May, refusing to comment on the consequences of the resignation on Brexit, a process "that depends on developments in British domestic policy."



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