UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she will resign on Friday, June 7. Thus, she completed her three-year term in this position. The struggle begins between candidates for the position of successor to May.
In an emotional statement made on the steps of Downing Street, 10, May said: “Working as prime minister was part of my life. I did everything possible to convince members of parliament to support the Brexit deal. Unfortunately, I did not succeed”.
Her resignation became known after rather long and intense pressure from members of parliament. They opposed her recent plans for Brexit, which implied an agreement on a customs union and the possibility of holding a second referendum. The pound sterling jumped 0.5%, surpassing $ 1.27 after Mei’s statement, but then curtailed growth, as investors evaluate the news of her resignation.
On Wednesday, the leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leeds, resigned. She said: “I do not believe that we will be a truly independent United Kingdom thanks to the proposed deal.” Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt and Interior Minister Sajid Javid said it was “unfair” to ask members of parliament to vote for an ineffective law.
May will officially retire on June 7th. And next week the race will begin, the result of which should be the decision on a new prime minister by the end of July. However, May may still be present on Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK, which will take place in the first week of June.
All leading candidates insist that a tougher Brexit deal is needed. And this is despite the fact that the EU has declared that it does not intend to revise the withdrawal agreement, which was agreed in November. In a statement on Friday, May said that any successor should seek interparty support on Brexit.
The candidates for the successor to May include:
• Boris Johnson, a former foreign minister and hardliner for Brexit. He is a favorite in this race.
• Dominic Raab, former Minister of Brexit Affairs. He resigned in protest against Mei’s willingness to negotiate a “soft” Brexit. Raab is also popular with Brexit members of parliament.
• Sajid Javid, the interior minister, spoke out against Brexit, remained loyal to May when her Brexit bill was rejected three times. Despite the fact that he told conservative deputies that he could defeat Labor’s leader Jeremy Corbyn in a general election, other MPs called his program boring.
• Jeremy Hunt, the foreign minister, does not inspire enthusiasm for the Conservative Party. However, his moderate Brexit stance may mean that parties that favor to remain in the EU are less hostile to him.
May’s announcement came a few hours after the start of the European Parliament elections. Their results will not be announced until Sunday, June 26, but according to recent polls, conservatives and the Brexit Nigel Farage party will win.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labor leader, responded to May’s resignation, saying that she made the right decision.
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