(PM) — Theresa May, the outgoing United Kingdom Prime Minister, made her last European Union summit trip to Brussels on May 28th. Following her tearful resignation announcement on May 24th, the PM gave a short press conference in Brussels before meeting other EU members.
She stated that it was “…a matter of deep regret I haven’t been able to deliver Brexit”, adding that she believed “…it was in the UK’s best interests to leave the EU with a deal”. She added, “It will be for my successor and parliament to find a way forward to get a consensus”.
The UK parliament has been in deadlock, unable to reach approval of Mrs. May’s negotiated deal with the EU of the withdrawal from the bloc. The EU has granted the UK an extension for leaving until October 31st, 2019. Under the original terms, Brexit should have completed on March 29th this year.
Last week’s European Elections saw Mrs. May’s Conservative Party along with Labour taking a battering from UK voters, with the 6-week old Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage taking 29 of the 73 seats for membership of the European Parliament. It was the worst national election results for the Conservatives for 200 years and Labour’s worst for a century.
Before ending her press conference in Brussels, Mrs. May finished by stating delivering Brexit “..will require compromise by both sides” and that “….I hope these election results will focus parliament on the need to deliver Brexit”.
Ten candidates to replace Theresa May for the PM’s job have declared their candidacy including former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who advocates a ‘hard Brexit’ – leaving the EU on October 31st with no deal. Others seek a renegotiation with the EU to try and break the current impasse.
However, speaking before the summit an unswerving EU President Jean-Claude Juncker stated “ I was crystal clear. There will be no renegotiation”.