Remember Brexit? In July of 2016, the people of Britain went to their polling stations and voted on whether they wanted Britain to stay or leave the European Union (EU). The people of Britain voted to leave the EU, sending shock waves around the world. How would this move affect the rest of the world? What would this mean for the remaining countries in the EU? There were many questions, but perhaps the biggest question of all was: How would Britain leave the EU? After all, no other country had ever left the EU before. Well, the people of Britain (and the world) expected newly elected Prime Minister Theresa May to answer these questions in time.
It has been three years since the Brexit vote, and Britain is no closer to leaving the EU. Why? Because Prime Minister May hasn’t come up with a plan that the majority of the members of parliament (MPs) have liked. She’s tried three different times, and all three times the MPs rejected her proposals. On her last attempt, she sweetened the deal and said that if the MPs passed her plan, she’d step down as prime minister. Well, even that promise didn’t work. After three failed attempts, even her own party—the Conservative party—started to lose faith in her ability to get Britain out of the EU. It seemed like there was nothing else she could do. Earlier this week, Prime Minister May showed a more vulnerable and emotional side when she announced that she would resign on June 7th. In her resignation speech, she shared her accomplishments and some missed opportunities, and wished the next prime minister the best of luck in executing what the people of Britain had voted for. She ended her resignation speech by saying, “I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honor of my life to hold – the second female Prime Minister but certainly not the last. I do so with no ill-will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.”
There are already eleven people being considered for the role of prime minister, and every single person will have to accomplish what Prime Minister May was unable to do. It’s a big job, but the people of Britain are hopeful.