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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. (Reuters)
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. (Reuters)

Theresa May gets standing ovation as she bows out as UK PM

  • The 62-year-old outgoing leader also offered a mild endorsement of Johnson, one of her most vocal critics over Brexit
  • Theresa May took over as Britain second female PM, since Margaret Thatcher

British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. (Reuters )
British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. (Reuters )

UK finance minister warns of 90 bln pounds no-deal Brexit 'hit'

  • Philip Hammond said tens of billions of pounds put aside to deal with a no-deal Brexit should not be earmarked for other purposes
  • Hammond's comments also follow both contenders to replace outgoing premier Theresa May

Conservative Party leadership candidate Boris Johnson. (Reuters )
A combination of picture created in London on May 24, 2019 shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) laughing on the step of 10 Downing Street on the first day she takes office on July 13, 2016 and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) annoucing her intention to resign on May 24, 2019.  (AFP )
A combination of picture created in London on May 24, 2019 shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) laughing on the step of 10 Downing Street on the first day she takes office on July 13, 2016 and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) annoucing her intention to resign on May 24, 2019. (AFP )

Opinion | How Brexit consumed a British prime minister

Theresa May couldn’t break a political stalemate that’s British national divisions. That’s her legacy, but only partly her fault

UK becomes a less attractive destination for workers from the European Union
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker holds a news conference after an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to discuss Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium. (Reuters)
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker holds a news conference after an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to discuss Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium. (Reuters)

From fee for visa-free entry to kebabs, EU did more than handle Brexit this term

  • Everyday plastic goods like plates, cutlery and straws will be banned in the EU as of 2021 in a bid to clean up oceans
  • In another European anti-terrorist measure inspired by the U.S., the EU decided to screen visa-free travelers to the bloc starting in around 2021

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. (Photo: Reuters)
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. (Photo: Reuters)

Compromise? Time ticking down for Britain to come to Brexit agreement

  • With Britain's departure now set for April 12, May's government is running out of time to get a deal through Britain's divided parliament
  • Britain's biggest shift in foreign and trade policy in more than 40 years is mired in uncertainty, with ministers saying Brexit may never happen

British Prime Minister Theresa May. (Photo: Reuters )
British Prime Minister Theresa May. (Photo: Reuters )

No short Brexit delays unless leave deal approved: EU's Juncker

  • Juncker spoke after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday evening that she would request a second Brexit delay
  • May is seeking to agree a deal with the main opposition Labour Party that would unlock ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement she negotiated with Brussels

British Prime Minister Theresa May.  (Reuters )
British Prime Minister Theresa May. (Reuters )

Theresa May seeks to push Brexit date, compromise with Labour Party

  • The government, she said, would then abide by the decision of the House of Commons
  • May said that if she could not agree a unified approach with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn then the government would agree a number of options on the future relationship with the EU

Anti Brexit placards showing pictures of British politicians attached to railings outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is set for long Cabinet meeting Tuesday, as the government tries to find a way out of the Brexit crisis, after lawmakers on Monday rejected all alternatives to her European Union withdrawal agreement.  ((AP Photo/Alastair Grant))
Anti Brexit placards showing pictures of British politicians attached to railings outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is set for long Cabinet meeting Tuesday, as the government tries to find a way out of the Brexit crisis, after lawmakers on Monday rejected all alternatives to her European Union withdrawal agreement. ((AP Photo/Alastair Grant))

With British government, parliament and people divided, disorderly Brexit looms

  • Nearly three years since Britons voted to leave the EU in a shock referendum result, May's exit strategy is up in the air
  • The impasse has already delayed Brexit for at least two weeks beyond the planned departure date

From left, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Prime Minister Theresa May and Youth Justice Board co-chair Roy Sefa-Attakora take part in a serious youth violence summit in Downing Street, London.  (AP)
From left, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Prime Minister Theresa May and Youth Justice Board co-chair Roy Sefa-Attakora take part in a serious youth violence summit in Downing Street, London. (AP)

Brexit in disarray: Theresa May under pressure to go for soft Brexit

  • The third defeat of May's divorce deal left one of the weakest leaders in a generation facing a spiralling crisis over Brexit
  • For EU officials watching from Brussels, there was one plea - please make up your minds

British Prime Minister Theresa May. (Reuters )
Britain is left with three general directions: back a deal, end up leaving with no deal or negotiate a long delay to work out a new strategy. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)
Britain is left with three general directions: back a deal, end up leaving with no deal or negotiate a long delay to work out a new strategy. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Theresa May's Brexit deal rejected again: What next?

  • The UK Parliament has rejected PM Therasa May's Brexit deal for a third—and possibly, the last—time
  • The EU Commission has indicated that the UK may have to leave the European Union in a no-deal Brexit on 12 April

An anti-Brexit protestor ties an EU flag to a lamp post outside the Houses of Parliament in London. (Reuters)
An anti-Brexit protestor ties an EU flag to a lamp post outside the Houses of Parliament in London. (Reuters)

EU Commission says no-deal Brexit on 12 April 'likely'

  • The development comes after UK PM Theresa May's Brexit deal was rejected for a third time today
  • The European Union has given UK until 12 April to inform it of the next steps

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May had offered to resign if the Brexit deal is passed. (Reuters)
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May had offered to resign if the Brexit deal is passed. (Reuters)

Theresa May's Brexit deal rejected for a third time

  • UK Parliament votes 286 to 344 against PM Theresa May's Brexit deal, leaving it totally unclear when or even whether Britain will leave the EU
  • The EU Commission says the UK may have to leave the European Union on 12 April in a no-deal Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May. (Reuters )
British Prime Minister Theresa May. (Reuters )

No Brexit alternative gets Parliament majority

  • Britain has until April 12 to find a new plan — or crash out of the EU without a deal
  • Parliament is trying to find an alternative to Prime Minister Theresa May's twice-rejected EU divorce deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May. (Reuters )
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May.  (AFP )
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. (AFP )

British PM Theresa May  isolated as Brexit strategy hangs in the balance

  • May took office after the 2016 referendum, and despite having campaigned to stay in the EU, embraced the cause with the mantra "Brexit means Brexit"
  • Ministers from both the pro- and anti-Brexit camps in her cabinet have in recent weeks joined scores of Conservative MPs in defying the government

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. (Reuters)
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. (Reuters)

UK's Theresa May faces pressure to step down to save Brexit

  • Parliament may take a series of votes this week to determine what proposals, if any, could command majority support
  • Senior Conservative Party figures were urging May to recognize her weakened political position and leave the prime minister's post

For May, the summit was another exercise in avoiding the numerous landmines strewn in her path
For May, the summit was another exercise in avoiding the numerous landmines strewn in her path

EU gives Theresa May another two weeks to avoid a no-deal Brexit

  • UK lawmakers don’t endorse May's Brexit deal next week, she’ll have until April 12 to decide, said EU 
  • It also gives May a powerful threat to issue to pro-brexit hardliners in her party