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British PM May resigns, paving way for Brexit confrontation with EU

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British PM May resigns, paving way for Brexit confrontation with EU

By Elizabeth Piper, Kylie MacLellan and William James



Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, January 15, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Files


LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday said she would quit, triggering a contest that will bring a new leader to power who is likely to push for a more decisive Brexit divorce deal.


May set out a timetable for her departure: She will resign as Conservative Party leader on June 7 with a leadership contest in the following week.


"I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist party on Friday, 7 June so that a successor can be chosen," May said outside 10 Downing Street.


May, once a reluctant supporter of EU membership, who won the top job in the turmoil that followed the 2016 Brexit vote, steps down with her central pledges - to lead the United Kingdom out of the bloc and heal its divisions - unfulfilled.


She endured crises and humiliation in her effort to find a compromise Brexit deal that parliament could ratify, and bequeaths a deeply divided country and a political elite that is deadlocked over how, when or whether to leave the EU.


May's departure will deepen the Brexit crisis as a new leader is likely to want a more decisive split, raising the chances of a confrontation with the European Union and a snap parliamentary election.


The leading contenders to succeed May all want a tougher divorce deal, although the EU has said it will not renegotiate the Withdrawal Treaty it sealed in November.


(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Additional reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Janet Lawrence)



-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-05-24
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If whoever lands in the hot seat is smart then the should just go Canada +++ swiftly as that is the best compromise deal that might get enough support to get through. Took the Canadians 7 years to get it and they are no novices at doing trade deals, so if good enough for them then it should be a satisfactory starting point. Can always tinker with it later. This total cluster-<deleted> needs to end asap as it's become far too toxic.

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