June 2019
2:24 AM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
International News
Britain''s Brexit-beaten Theresa May announces resignation, to step down on June 7
London: An embattled Theresa May announced Friday that she would resign as the UK''s Conservative leader on June 7 "in the best interests of the country", paving the way for a contest to decide the new Prime Minister after she failed to win over her ministers with a revised strategy to withdraw Britain from the European Union. A visibly tearful May said she would step down as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, with a leadership contest for a new Prime Minister to kick off the following week starting June 10. She would meanwhile stay on caretaker PM until a new incumbent has been elected by the Tories.

"I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold," the 62-year-old May said. "The second female Prime Minister, but certainly not the last. I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love." The outgoing Prime Minister said she had kept Queen Elizabeth II informed of her exit timetable, meaning she would be presiding over US President Donald Trump''s state visit to the UK in early June. May listed a series of what she said were her government''s achievements, including tackling the deficit, reducing unemployment and boosting funding for mental health. But she admitted: “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.” The UK was to have left the 28-member economic bloc by March 29 but failed to meet that deadline and now faces a renewed Brexit deadline of October 31.

May was expected to resign after a meeting with the chair of the Conservative Party''s influential 1922 Committee of backbench MPs on Friday. As her three-year premiership comes to a close, a new Tory leader expected to be in place by the end of July. "I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that [Brexit] deal. Sadly, I have not been able to do so. I tried three times," she said. "It will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honours the result of the referendum. To succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in Parliament where I have not," May said. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt during a meeting with May at Downing Street on Thursday said to have expressed his dissatisfaction with her renewed attempt at getting her controversial Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill through the House of Commons.

Hunt and number of other Cabinet ministers, including UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid, have held similar one-on-one meetings with the Prime Minister to reiterate the lack of support for the Bill despite her proposed changes. It came as May announced her latest reshuffle after the resignation of Andrea Leadsom as Leader of the Commons earlier in the week, with Mel Stride becoming the new Commons leader. As her three-year premiership comes to a close, a new Tory leader expected to be in place by the end of July. May, who has been under constant pressure to step down since having survived a vote of no-confidence in December 2018, had even announced that she would set out her Downing Street exit plan once she had seen the first stage of Brexit through. However, that exit has been precipitated as it became clear that the first stage of Brexit, passage of her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, is unlikely to go through a fourth parliamentary vote.

To add to her woes, she is also unlikely to survive the fallout from the European elections held on Thursday – the results of which are expected to deliver a massive bruising for the Tories when the results unfold on Sunday. Voters are expected to punish both the Tories and the Opposition Labour Party for being forced to vote in a European Union (EU) elections despite the June 2016 referendum in favour of Brexit. The next stage of negotiations with the EU will be taken ahead by a new incumbent in Downing Street, with former foreign secretary Boris Johnson seen as a frontrunner from the pro-Brexit wing of the ruling party. However, a host of other contenders are expected to throw their hat in the ring, including fellow Brexiteer Dominic Raab as well as Cabinet ministers Sajid Javid, Michael Gove, Amber Rudd and Matt Hancock. Others Tory MPs like Esther McVey and Rory Stewart have also indicated their intention to contest.

The UK Parliament has remained in deadlock since it rejected May''s Brexit deal negotiated with the EU three times. The biggest sticking point has been the Irish backstop clause, which Brexiteers believe will be used to keep Britain tied to EU rules even after Brexit. May''s attempts to find a formal compromise with the Opposition Labour benches to try and win another Commons vote also ended in failure and resulted in her adding a series of sops to her rejected deal, including the offer of a parliamentary vote on a second referendum in response to demands from a large chunk of Opposition MPs. However, the sops had the effect of only further angering her already divided Cabinet and hastened the end of her time as British PM with just under three years in power since she took charge in July 2016 weeks after the Brexit referendum.

Russia, China block UN from saying NKorea violated sanctions
Trump launches 2020 re-election bid with mega rally, says 'Keep America Great
Record 70.8 million people displaced at end of 2018: UN
UK PM candidates fight it out for second place with Boris Johnson
UN calls for 'independent' probe into death of Egypt's Morsi
Trump says having 'extended meeting' with Xi at G20 summit
Hong Kong police clear streets as protesters move to park
Argentina, Uruguay restore power after massive blackout
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong walks free, calls on leader to resign
Hong Kong leader apologises as massive rally chokes city
Gunmen on motorcycles kill 34 villagers in Nigeria: Police
Trump to raise Hong Kong protests with Xi at G20: Pompeo
China supports suspension of Hong Kong''s controversial extradition bill after massive protests
UK court sets Feb 2020 timetable for Assange US extradition trial
Trump blames Iran in tanker blasts, says sea lane not at risk
No debate set for Hong Kong bill after protests
Trump says would take foreign info on 2020 presidential opponent
Trump, Duda sign declaration to house thousand additional US troops in Poland
Pompeo refers to BJP slogan ''Modi hai toh Mumkin hai'' : Praises Modi, Jaishankar
Thai junta chief proclaimed second-time prime minister
Madame Tussauds unveils Priyanka Chopra figure in UK
 London: Madame Tussauds London on Tuesday revealed its first figure of Bollywood star Priyanka Chopr  
Saif's 'Jawaani Jaaneman' goes on floors
It's been a tough journey: Arjun Kapoor opens up about battle with obesity
Esha Deol, Bharat Takhtani welcome second child together
Kerala CPM leader's son booked for rape, cheating
 Mumbai: A Kerala CPM leader's son has been booked on charges of rape and cheating following a compla
Two workers killed in Kerala as earth caves in
Two workers killed in Kerala as earth caves in
Joseph terms Jose K Mani''s election unconstitutional, says ''crowd'' can''t elect chairman
Modi wishes good health, long life to Rahul Gandhi on his birthday
 New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday wished good health and a long life to Congress
Goa CM may induct Dy Speaker Lobo in cabinet
PM to set up a committee to look into One Nation, One Election initiative
Over 2.4k HIV deaths in Maha in 11 months: Minister
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2019 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.