Nigel Farage Delivers Brexit Party Demands To Prime Minister

May officially steps down as Tory leader, to stay on as PM until successor is picked

Mrs May, once a reluctant supporter of European Union membership who emerged from the chaos after the 2016 referendum as prime minister, steps down with her central pledge - to lead Britain out of the bloc and heal the country's divisions - unfulfilled.

Although Farage celebrated the result for his party, which won 29 seats in last month's European Parliament elections, trouncing both the Conservatives and Labour, the outcome in Peterborough wasn't entirely good news for the Brexit party either.

Her time as PM has been turbulent and overshadowed with mishaps and mistakes.

However, under United Kingdom electoral commission rules, May will continue in her post in an acting capacity until 23 July when the party picks a successor, who will also become Britain's next prime minister.

Nearly a dozen Conservative lawmakers are already jostling to replace May in a contest that formally opens Monday, vowing to succeed where 62-year-old May failed and renegotiate Britain's deal to pull out of the European Union.

She made two further unsuccessful attempts to win parliamentary approval, with many of her own MPs joining opposition politicians to reject her deal.

May's carefully crafted Brexit deal with the bloc has been thrown out three times by Parliament, and departure day has been postponed from March 29 until October 31. The victor of the party leadership race will automatically become the next prime minister.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the leadership contest on the ground that the country's prime minister should be chosen by the people in a general election, and not by 1.2 lakh members of the Conservative party.

It all adds up to a deeply unstable situation for any new prime minister, who could also face a no-confidence vote triggered by Labour in his or her first days in office.

A spokesperson with the Prime Minister's Office told Xinhua Friday that May's formal removal as Conservative Party leader is not expected to be marked by any ceremony or fanfare.

Number 10 said the Prime Minister and Chancellor "meet regularly to discuss spending priorities".

Earlier this week, the ruling party overhauled its leadership election rules in a bid to speed up the selection process and prevent too many candidates from standing.

Farage, who has called for Britain to leave the bloc without a deal, said last weekend while campaigning he saw the by-election as "the opportunity for the next chapter in this great story".

Former foreign minister Boris Johnson is the favourite to win.

May was forced to strike a deal for support with Northern Ireland's pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party, and since then has struggled to keep her party and its allies together.

The Brexit Party was beaten by just 683 votes, but turnout was down almost 20 percent compared to the 2017 general election. Will her replacement be able to finally deliver Brexit?

May was written off several times before announcing on May 24 that she would step down.

"I have done everything I can to convince MP's to back that deal".

The reason I would say that; is because the new European Union Parliament, and everything around it, all the commissioners etcetera, they are all going to have to be appointed between the 2 July, and effectively the 31 October.

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