British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing intense pressure to abandon her Brexit deal and resign as prime minister, following a backlash from her own MPs against her “new” Brexit plan.
May was scheduled to meet senior ministers to discuss her Brexit bill when plans to put it to a vote in Parliament were tossed into uncertainty.
On Thursday, May backed down from plans to seek Parliament’s support for a Brexit bill that has already been rejected by much of her Conservative Party.
She has not given in to demands that she resign and allow the incoming leader to finalize the stalled Brexit from the European Union (EU).
As her leadership authority ebbs by the hour, May put off plans to publish the EU withdrawal bill. This will be her fourth and likely final attempt to secure Parliament’s backing for her Brexit blueprint.
Meanwhile, the media is speculating. British newspapers on Thursday were unanimous in saying the end is near for May. The Conservative-backing Daily Telegraph editorialized that “either Mrs. May must go as soon as humanly possible, or the Conservative Party must finally remove her.”
The Daily Mail that has been supportive of May said, “Despite her valiant efforts to deliver an honorable Brexit, she has finally run out of road.”
Londoners are talking and agree that the way the process has been handled so far means May has to go.
“Personally she should resign immediately after today’s elections because she has failed to follow the democracy, which is in this country,” said John Bryan, a commuter. “So, the position is that she was the wrong person to fill that particular role,” he added.
Another Londoner, Jo Tyabji retorted, “She should definitely resign, and we should definitely have a general election because I cannot believe that our next prime minister wouldn’t be voted for by the public of the UK.”
A third commuter Sue Crowey said, “I think she’s got her hands firmly held behind her back because nobody’s agreeing to anything and until we start to agree we can’t amend or change or do anything and we’re stuck in this deadlock.”
Crowey suggested, “They [MPs] need to start acting like members of Parliament and not children and just actually start to get something that is a workable plan.”
Despite overwhelming pressure, May’s spokesman, James Slack, said she would still be in office when U.S. President Donald Trump visits Britain from June 3 to 5. “She looks forward to welcoming the president,” said Slack.
Many however, believe this is the endgame for May’s term.
Her fate was sealed after House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom resigned late on Wednesday, declaring that she could not support May’s European Union withdrawal bill.
Following Leadsom’s resignation, May moved quickly on Thursday to replace her with former Treasury Minister Mel Stride. But May was forced to delay plans for the bill that she said will be published Friday and put a vote during the week of June 3.
If May stays on until next week, pressure is likely to increase when results come in from this week’s elections for the European Parliament, with Conservatives expecting to receive a defeat.
Many British voters on both sides of the Brexit debate look set to use the election to the EU Legislature to express displeasure over the political gridlock.
Includes reporting from The Associated Press and Bloomberg.