UK's May Says She'll Quit as Conservative Leader June 7

Sunday, 26 May, 2019

The Conservative Party is likely to choose a hardcore Brexiteer as its new leader because that is the best way for the party to fend off the new threat of the Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage, whose two-month-old party is on track to score the most British votes in the European Parliament elections that are now underway, with most of its support coming from former Tory voters.

May confirmed that she will resign as party leader on 7 June, but will continue as PM while the leadership contest takes place. She spoke of giving the poor a helping hand and lifting barriers to social mobility.

Boris Johnson is now the favourite for the contest, based on his appeal to the party's grassroots.

Perhaps the lowest point came in September 2018 at Salzburg Castle when European Union president Donald Tusk publicly mocked her for being too greedy in the negotiations. Brexit also threatened the future of the Irish border because it would create two separate economies on the island of Ireland where there hasbeen just one. Any Conservative lawmaker may run.

The DUP's support became a complication when the border between Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland emerged as a major issue in Brexit negotiations. "They will have to embrace it if they want to be elected by the Tory party membership".

French President Emmanuel Macron urged "rapid clarification" from Britain on what it wants from Brexit.

On Sunday the results of a European parliamentary election Britons voted in on Thursday are likely to highlight the highly unsafe electoral landscape for the Conservatives. The new leader will be expected to steer the Brexit process until October 31, the new deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the EU.

May herself had been on a shortlist along with Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons who resigned this week saying she could not support May's withdrawal plan. It was a withering, undiplomatic jibe that accused her of cherry-picking the best parts of European Union legislation while discarding what she disliked.

Her careful compromise of an agreement was rejected by both sides of the Brexit debate. Pollsters predict Britain's storied ruling party will record the worst ever electoral performance with the newly-formed hardline Brexit Party of Nigel Farage topping the poll followed by the pro-EU Liberal Democrats.

In January this year, she narrowly survived a no-confidence vote after her Brexit withdrawal plan suffered an historic defeat on the floor of Parliament.

Whatever her flaws, Mrs May was no quitter.

"She inherited a nigh-on impossible position, but is perceived to have made the impossible position utterly insoluble."

"We intend that the Parliamentary stages of the contest - which involves determining the final choice of candidates to put before all members of the party - should begin with the close of nominations in the week commencing 10 June", Chairman of the Conservative Party Brandon Lewis said in a statement.

But today, as she stood at the lectern fighting back tears, Theresa May finally acknowledged what many in her own party and certainly many in Britain and across Europe have been saying for months; she has run out of moves.

"I do so with no ill will but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love", May ended, sounding nearly tearful as she sharply turned away from the podium.

But she resisted the pressure, planning instead to try for a fourth time by bringing a withdrawal agreement bill to Parliament for a vote. He was among the first to peddle "Euro-myths" about bans on bendy bananas and square strawberries, a style of reporting about the bloc that became a staple of the British press.

"It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit", May said, adding that her successor would have to find a consensus to honor the 2016 referendum result.