Theresa May Defends Brexit Delay As Her Critics Call For Her Resignation


Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, defended her decision to delay Brexit and seek for a compromise exit plan with Labour Party, the opposition party of Britain, as one angry lawmaker from her own party stood up in parliament last Thursday and called for her resignation.

The European Union has agreed to delay the Brexit date by up to six months to the 31st of October while PM May attempts to enter into an agreement with the Labour Party that she hopes will help get her three-times rejected exit deal approved by the British parliament.

PM May told parliament: “This is not the normal way of British politics … Reaching an agreement will not be easy, because to be successful it will require both sides to make compromises.”

The British PM agreed to the delay in the early hours of the morning last Thursday at an summit of the leaders of the European Union in Brussels, ending the risk that the United Kingdom would leave the bloc without a deal last Friday but providing little new information on how she plans to resolve the biggest political crisis of the country in over 70 years.

The traders of sterling were left scratching their heads on whether the British currency should rise or fall.

However, her statement regarding the decision to delay the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union for a second time brought angry reaction from hardliners who want to leave the bloc as soon as possible.

Bill Cash, an arch eurosceptic, described the decision as “abject surrender.”

He stated: “Does she also accept that the Withdrawal Agreement undermines our democracy, the constitutional basis of Northern Ireland, our right to govern ourselves, control over our laws and undermines our national interest? Will she resign?”

PM May retorted: “I think you know the answer to that.”

PM May said that nothing was more pressing or significant than delivering Brexit. She also stressed that she wanted the United Kingdom to ratify an exit deal as quickly as possible to avoid taking part in European Parliament elections that are scheduled on the 23rd of May.

Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition Labour Party leader with whom PM May is trying to negotiate a compromise on the shape of the long-term relationship of the United Kingdom with the European Union, was critical of the need for further delay.

Corbyn stated: “This second extension in the space of a fortnight represents not only a diplomatic failure, but is another milestone in the government’s mishandling of the entire Brexit process.”

Despite the trading barbs, both PM May and Corbyn said that they wanted to continue the discussions.