© Reuters. THE FATE OF THERESA MAY OCCULT THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS IN THE UK
by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton
LONDON (Reuters) – The fate of Theresa May, has overshadowed Thursday’s european elections in the United Kingdom, a poll in which the British did not have to participate, three years after a majority voted for an exit from the european Union.
The First minister of a conservative, who has failed three times to adopt since mid-January, the withdrawal agreement negotiated with the Europeans, has shot down his last card on Tuesday by offering closer trade links with the EU and the opportunity to vote on whether a second referendum.
Its bid has cemented a front of rejection, ranging from the most pro-Brexit his conservative Party until the labour opposition, with which May has tried in vain for six weeks to find a compromise.
For most commentators the british, his days at 10 Downing Street are now counted.
Citing the allies of the First minister, the daily newspaper the Times wrote Thursday that it will announce the date of his resignation at the conclusion of its meeting scheduled for Friday with Graham Brady, the chairman of the Committee of 1922, which brings together the conservative mps with the exception of those who sit in government.
Relayed by the Guardian, Graham Brady has confirmed that Theresa May could announce his resignation this Friday. Otherwise, he warned that his committee would, without doubt, a “enormous pressure to change the rules and hold a vote of confidence.”
Theresa May has escaped on the 12th of December last, to a first no-confidence vote triggered by his rivals within the conservative Party. Under the current rules of functioning of the party, those that the committee 1922 may wish to change, a new initiative of this kind can not be revived in the twelve months following this date.
According to its foreign Affairs minister, Jeremy Hunt, who must meet this Thursday, the First minister will always be according to host Donald Trump. The us president is expected on an official visit to the United Kingdom on 3 June.
“Theresa May will be prime minister for the welcome, and rightly so”, he told the press. The secretary at the Foreign Office declined to clarify what he planned to say to the head of government during their interview.
Theresa May, for the time being, resisted the fronde led by a number of members of his cabinet. But it was recorded on Wednesday evening the resignation of Andrea Leadsom, his minister in charge of Relations with the Parliament.
“I no longer believe that our approach will honor the results of the referendum,” wrote the latter in his letter of resignation. “I have always argued that a second referendum would be dangerously confrontational, and I can’t support this government facilitating voluntarily such a concession.”
In a statement, the british government announced on Thursday that its replacement by Mel Stride, member of parliament for Devon, which had campaigned against the output of the european Union.
FOR THE SUN, It IS “TEAR-ESA” MAY
According to The Sun, which describes a First minister literally besieged at Downing Street, the seven ministers would have warned May that they will support it more. The daily tabloid, publishes Thursday at his a the close-up photo of the scarred face of the conservative ruling, eyes red from crying. Titled “Tearesa” (play on words, combining tear – tear – and his first name), this one refers to that of November 1990, dedicated to the departure under the constraint of Margaret Thatcher.
Arrival to power in July 2016, following the resignation of David Cameron, the former minister of the Interior, whose mandate corresponds to the time of the most tumultuous in the recent history of the country, is committed to leave his post if the parliamentarians approve the withdrawal agreement negotiated with the Europeans.
It is now subject to intense pressure to fix the date of his departure, which will kick-off a “primary”.
The articles of association of the conservative Party provide for the election of its leader, the first in a series of votes among the elected representatives of the party in Parliament. In each round, the candidate with the least votes is eliminated. The process repeats until there are no more than two candidates. It is then up to the members of the party to decide. In march 2018, the formation of a conservative had 124.000 members.
The “Brexiter” Boris Johnson, his former minister of foreign Affairs, already a candidate, is currently in the favorite.
NIGEL FARAGE FAR AHEAD
In the immediate future, Theresa May will manage the european elections, which look like a disaster for his conservative Party, already battered in municipal elections at the beginning of the month.
Harnessing the anger, the impatience and the sense of betrayal of the electorate “brexiter”, Nigel Farage, the figurehead of the referendum to 2016, largely leading the race with his Party of Brexit, which was launched last month only but credited with 37% of voting intentions in a YouGov poll published on Wednesday.
The last european elections, in 2014, Farage and the Party for the independence of the United Kingdom (Ukip) that he was then in charge had already arrived in the lead, but with 27% of the vote.
The conservative Party emerges only in the fifth place, with 7% of voting intentions (compared to 23% in 2014).
The labour Party, paying also his divisions on the Brexit, should not do much better. With 13% of voting intentions (compared to a score of 25% in 2014), it is distanced by the Liberal Democrats (19%) and followed closely by the environmentalists of the Green Party (12%), both parties support the retention in the EU.
No projection will be broadcast in the evening of Thursday and the results will not be known until Sunday evening, when the polls have closed in Italy, the last european country to vote.
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(Henri-Pierre André for French service)