Theresa May steps down amid chaos in British politics

Nellie Chapman
June 12, 2019

The Brexit Party's candidate Mike Greene, a local entrepreneur, came in second with almost 29 percent of the vote, behind Labour's Lisa Forbes.

Ever since Britain voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, the other 27 nations in the bloc have presented a united front in negotiations, finally agreeing late a year ago to a detailed divorce plan with May's government.

Anti-EU populist Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party failed to win its first seat in Britain's parliament as it lost out to the main opposition Labour Party in a crunch by-election, results on Friday showed.

The three-paragraph statement included no glowing tribute to her time in Downing Street, nor spoke of her achievements as prime minister.

July 13, 2016: Following a Conservative Party leadership contest, May, then Home Secretary, becomes prime minister.

The formal process to decide who will be the next occupant of Number 10 kicks off Monday when nominations open among Conservative MPs wanting to bid for the top job in British politics.

But given the drubbing the party received both at last month's European Parliament elections and this week's Peterborough by-election, MPs will not be eager to face a wider electorate who appear to be abandoning mainstream parties in favour of those with more clearly defined positions on Brexit, which is taken in Britain to be the key political issue of our time. The victor of the party leadership race will automatically become the next prime minister.

May remains acting party leader while the contest takes place.

"In the most challenging of circumstances, she tried time and time again to deliver an orderly Brexit".

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British Prime Minister Theresa May departs from 10 Downing Street ahead of Prime Ministers Questions session (PMQs) in Parliament, London on May 22, 2019. The selection process should be completed by the end of July.

"If we don't leave and leave with a clean Brexit on the 31st of October, the Brexit Party will power on". Will her replacement be able to finally deliver Brexit?

May will remain in office as a powerless caretaker prime minister until the leadership election is concluded likely late next month.

The victory could ease pressure for now on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to throw his unequivocal support behind a second Brexit referendum, which many in his party have been saying was the only way to break an impasse over Britain's departure.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday morning, Mr Farage said that despite the party not taking its first seat in the House of Commons, "in terms of significance" he said the result was "absolutely" bigger than what happened in the European Union elections.

"The EU didn't regard itself as negotiating with the transient British Prime Minister, it regarded itself as negotiating with the United Kingdom government", added Rutter. "I think they are the really big losers here", he added.

British PM contender Jeremy Hunt.

Andrea Leadsom promised "decisive and compassionate" leadership in her first campaign video and insisted she had the eight MP backers necessary to enter the race.
Allies of Dominic Raab turned on Mr Johnson, pointing to a YouGov poll that suggested 53 per cent of people believed the former foreign secretary would make a bad prime minister - although 26 per cent said he would make a good premier.

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