Used by the endless saga of a Brexit that it failed to implement, British Prime Minister Theresa May, on the verge of tears, announced Friday her resignation, reinforcing the hypothesis of a departure from the United Kingdom EU without agreement.
Ms. May said she would step down as Conservative leader – and therefore government leader – on June 7, in an address to 10 Downing Street, expressing “deep regret for not having been able to implement Brexit “.
“It was the honor of my life to be the second woman Prime Minister” after Margaret Thatcher, she added. Her voice broke as she ended her brief statement by proclaiming her “love” for her country, the leader masking the emotion that swept over her as she turned to head to her office.
Theresa May took the head of the executive in July 2016, the month following the vote of 52% of Britons in favor of an exit from the EU, succeeding David Cameron.
But this 62-year-old pastor’s daughter, a former interior minister, failed to rally behind her vision of Brexit a deeply divided political class on the issue, including her own party.
Witness the divorce agreement she concluded with Brussels, rejected three times by British MPs.
She has “politically miscalculated the mood of his country and his party,” has teased Twitter sulphurous europhobe Nigel Farage, head of the Brexit Party.
US President Donald Trump, who will meet Theresa May shortly on a state visit to the UK from June 3-5, said he was “sorry” for her and even found some unusual praise for him. , saying it “very solid”.
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Theresa May’s mandate, like the Way of the Cross as she has encountered obstacles, criticisms and even conspiracies within her own party, will remain one of the shortest in British Prime Minister’s history since World War II.
His successor will be appointed by the Conservative Party by July 20, with the favorite of former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, champion Brexiters.
His arrival in power, or that of another supporter of a clear cut with the EU, would bring the country of a Brexit without agreement, synonymous with a return of customs formalities, a scenario feared by the economic circles and by Ireland because of the risk of the return of a border between the EU South and the British North Province.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar noted that Ms May’s departure would open for Brexit “a phase that could be very dangerous for Ireland”.
Spanish government spokeswoman Isabel Celaa said a “hard Brexit” now seemed “almost impossible to stop”.
The European Commission has stressed that this departure does not change “nothing” to the position of 27 on the exit agreement, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte going so far as to say that “the withdrawal agreement is not open to the renegotiation “.
But this assertion was tempered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who promised to work for an “Orderly Brexit”, with French President Emmanuel Macron calling for a “quick clarification”.
“The way to get a good deal is to prepare for a situation of no agreement,” said Boris Johnson at a conference in Switzerland, Interlaken, according to Bloomberg.