Theresa Mary May announced at the 10 Downing Street speech that she will be stepping down as the PM of Britain on 7 June 2019 as suggested by the members of her government. This triggered a rapid-fire battle to replace her as the prime minister before Britain’s scheduled departure from the EU on October 31.
In the speech at the mentioned location, Mrs May said that she had “done everything” she could to convince MPs to back Brexit withdrawal agreement she had negotiated with EU.
For about two years Mrs May worked with leaders in the EU and the UK to try to reach an agreement that would make all citizens happy. In November 2018, EU leaders finally agreed to a deal. To become official, the deal needed to be passed by the UK’s Parliament. Mrs May tried to get Parliament to pass her deal thrice but it was rejected each time.
When the two-year time limit was up and the UK still hadn’t passed a deal, the EU extended the time limit to October 31. Mrs May planned to suggest a similar deal a fourth time, but members of her own government decided it was time for her to quit.
Any new leader will face the same problems that Mrs May faced. European leaders say there can be no new deal. And they are more worried than ever that the UK will wind up leaving the EU without a deal.
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~Written by Riddhi Chhabra, student of
Std VIII in Lilavatibai Podar High School, Santacruz (w)