Theresa May resignation: How the UK’s next prime minister will be chosen
London — British Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down as leader of her Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try, where she failed, to deliver Brexit. May will remain prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, but will make no further moves on Britain’s departure from the European Union.
President Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom has officially come to an end. The Queen bid a formal farewell to the American President and First Lady this morning, following their attendance at an event in Portsmouth, which commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day, they will depart from England, and head to Ireland to meet with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.
U.S. President Donald Trump praised the two most high-profile proponents of Britain’s departure from the European Union, on his planned visit to London at a time of political turmoil following the resignation of Prime Minister Theresa May//Crimson Tazvinzwa
Trump told reporters he had great respect for British politicians Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage and considered them friends, but declined to say whether he supported either man to succeed May, who will step down on June 7
Trump’s state visit to the U.K. could get awkward//Crimson Tazvinzwa
President Trump’s state visit to the U.K. will include lunch with the Queen, tea with Prince Charles and his final meetings with outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.
What to expect: Protests in London and, if history is a guide, some awkward interventions into British politics.
Trump said today that he might meet with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage or Boris Johnson, the front-runner to succeed May as prime minister. A U.K. official who briefed reporters today said there were no such meetings on the official schedule, but “what he does in his down time is his affair.”
Asked whether it would be appropriate for Trump to weigh in on Brexit or the Conservative leadership race, the official said that was Trump’s business, adding: “I don’t want to rule on appropriateness or otherwise.”
May’s close advisers described their approach as a ‘new model conservatism’, with overtones of Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army. But he led a civil war that oversaw a regicide – not just the summary firing of a chancellor of the exchequer out of the back door of Downing Street. If Brexit was an uprising against the governing ‘political elite’ and their international friends, it was also a challenge to the way policies are imposed. ‘Take back control’ has thrilling, democratic implications if it means that people themselves start to take control. Brexit was not just about unfair policies, it was also directed at who made decisions and how policy is decided. Freedom from the European Union should have delivered the country on a more democratic course, replacing the hyper-centralisation of Whitehall and winner-takes-all elected dictatorship as well. Instead, re-imposing them will crush the vitality and democracy out of Brexit.