Put to the test by the throes of Brexit, May surrenders in tears


by Elizabeth Piper, Kylie MacLellan and William James

LONDON (Reuters) – on The verge of tears, Theresa May on Friday announced his resignation, paving the way for the arrival of a new Prime minister who might want a break in more clear between the United Kingdom and the european Union to break the impasse on the Brexit.

Theresa May, who is said to have “profound regret” for not having been able to carry out the output of the european Union, said the timing of his departure : she will step down from his functions of head of the conservative Party on June 7, and the process of the appointment of his successor will begin the following week.

The future leader of the Tories will be chosen before the summer recess, said the Party.

During the designation process, Theresa May will ship the current business. The leader of the majority party in the House of commons is, in principle, to the head of the government in the United Kingdom.

“I’ll soon be leaving the work that has been the honor of my life,” said a Theresa May, the voice blurred by emotion in front of his official residence of 10 Downing Street.

“I do so, not grudgingly, but with a gratitude immense and eternal to have had the chance to serve the country I love,” she added, under the watchful eyes of her husband, Philip.

The one who succeeded David Cameron to organize the Brexit after the referendum of June 2016, resigned without having been able to carry out its mission : to lead the Uk out of the EU and put an end to its divisions.

The withdrawal Agreement reached with the Europeans last November has been rejected three times by the mp. Theresa had shot down his last card on Tuesday by offering closer trade links with the EU and does not exclude the holding of a second referendum.


This latest offering has cemented a front of refusal from the more pro-Brexit his party until the labour opposition, with which May has tried in vain for six weeks to find a compromise.

His successor, she said, will have to find a consensus to implement the results of the referendum to 2016, by which the British have chosen to 52% to leave the EU.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the labour Party, has requested the holding of general elections to “let the people decide the future of our country.”

Theresa May leaves a country deeply and a political class deeply divided over the fact of how and when he will have to leave the EU – if it is necessary to leave.

The main candidates for his succession have all said they want a break in more clear with Brussels, although the EU has indicated that it does renégocierait not the treaty concluded in November.

The irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, has said that there would be no better agreement.

In the entourage of the president French, it indicates that the EU needs a “quick clarification” on the part of London on its next steps for the Brexit.

Boris Johnson, leader of the brexiters during the campaign for the referendum to 2016, one of the favourites to succeed Theresa May at the head of the conservative Party, according to a YouGov poll published last Friday by the Times newspaper.

Some are betting on Dominic Raab, a supporter of the rupture with the EU and former minister of Brexit. The names of the Environment minister, Michael Gove, the outgoing minister in charge of Relations with the Parliament, Andrea Leadsom, and the secretary to the Foreign Office, Jeremy Hunt circulate also, but their chances seem low.

(With Guy Faulconbridget and Kate Holton; Danielle Rouquié for the French service, edited by Nicolas Delame)

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