After six months of failed attempts to get her Brexit divorce package ratified by parliament, the U.K. prime minister finally accepted defeat Friday, accepting a new leader is needed to resolve the U.K.’s protracted Brexit process.
The announcement draws to a close one of the most tumultuous and unsuccessful premierships in modern British history, leaving an almost unprecedented challenge for her successor, who must find a way through the impasse where she has failed.
The front-runners to replace May in No. 10 Downing Street will be under enormous pressure from grassroots Conservative Party members to take a more hard-line approach to Brexit, raising the prospect of a no-deal exit later this year despite a clear majority in parliament opposed to such an outcome. [...]
Downing Street insiders believe a general election is all-but inevitable, likely pitting a Conservative leader committed to a no-deal Brexit against Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, who is under pressure to unequivocally back a second referendum on Britain’s withdrawal. [...]
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