Theresa May becomes second UK PM to resign over Brexit

Clay Curtis
May 26, 2019

Michael Gove is also due to enter the race for Tory leader, facing head-to-head competition with his former Vote Leave ally Mr Johnson.

Mr Johnson is the leading candidate to take over as leader of the Conservatives.

A dividing line has emerged between candidates like Mr Johnson, who say the United Kingdom must be ready to leave the European Union on October 31 without a deal, and those who oppose a no-deal Brexit.

The MP for Esher and Walton added: "The country now feels stuck in the mud, humiliated by Brussels and incapable of finding a way forward. It's time for a new direction".

Jacinda Ardern said she has contacted Mrs May to personally thank her for support on a number of issues of importance to New Zealand.

"It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit", said May.

David Morris has said he is supporting Mr Hunt.

"Time is limited, we have to make sure we are ready to leave".

With E.U. leaders insisting there will be no new negotiation, it is not clear how May's successor can follow through on Brexit other than to depart without a deal on Halloween, the next in a series of deadlines since Britain's vote to exit almost three years ago.

He said it is important to remember that while the person leading negotiations will change, the problems they face will remain and it is the responsibility of business leaders in Northern Ireland to ensure the new prime minister achieves the best possible deal for Northern Ireland in the coming months.

Mr Johnson immediately sparked controversy as he pledged to deliver Brexit by the current European Union deadline of the end of October - even if it proved impossible to renegotiate Mrs May's controversial agreement. However, European leaders insisted they had made their final offer during months or acrimonious talks that produced an unpopular compromise for which May ended up paying with her job.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Saturday he is seeking to replace May, joining several others who have announced.

Yet if Theresa May had the powers of an ancient Roman Dictator, she would have successfully exercised her authority to get through one of her three rejected deals and United Kingdom would be back home.

Fed Minutes: Interest Rates to Remain Steady for 'Some Time'
Daly said the economy will maintain its sustainable growth pace, but slightly slower than the previous year. Still, policymakers will be "watching inflation carefully, according to Powell".

"I think it would be a huge mistake, damaging, unnecessary and I think also dishonest", Stewart said.

In a softly-spoken pitch for the Tory leadership this morning, former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC's Andrew Marr "I'm a details guy" three times in an apparent side-swipe at his boisterous leadership rival Boris Johnson.

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.

A long-odds contender to succeed Theresa May, Rory Stewart, the worldwide development minister and a party centrist, said Saturday he wouldn't be prepared to serve in a cabinet led by Johnson.

It is not unusual in Britain for a prime minister to take power without an election being held.

Sky news has confirmed that Michael Gove will stand as a candidate in the Tory leadership race.

A spectacular fall out between the two former allies in the 2016 leadership contest helped destroy both men's chances of the top job.

Backers include Nick Gibb, Kevin Hollinrake, John Stevenson, Sir Edward Leigh, Bob Seely.

Mr Hunt told The Sunday Times: "If I was prime minister, I'd be the first prime minister in living memory who has been an entrepreneur by background".

Mr Johnson is the clear favourite with bookmakers and he has said Britain should be prepared to exit the bloc without any deal if no acceptable agreement could be reached.

The worldwide development secretary was promoted to Defence Secretary following Gavin Williamson's sacking at the start of May, which has increased her stocks.

The E.U. claimed its fourth victim in the past three decades on Friday, as a choked-up Theresa May acknowledged that her attempt to get Britain out of the bloc with her career intact had failed.

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