May admits she gets ‘irritated’ by debate over her leadership
British Prime Minister Theresa May has admitted that she gets “irritated” by the ongoing debate over her leadership as some Tory MPs openly discuss how to overthrow her.
May made the remarks in an interview on the BBC’s Panorama to mark the six-month countdown before Britain’s official departure from the European Union.
“I get a little bit irritated but this debate is not about my future, this debate is about the future of the people of the UK and the future of the United Kingdom,” May said when asked if she would stay in the job as the Troy MPs suggested “she is a disaster” and “this can’t go on.”
“That’s what I’m focused on and that’s what we should all be focused on,” she added.
May was also angry over what former foreign secretary Boris Johnson had said about her Brexit plan last week.
Johnson compared May’s Brexit blueprint to wrapping a “suicide vest around the British constitution” and handing the “detonator” to the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier.
“I was home secretary for six years and as prime minister for two years now I think using language like that was not right and it’s not language I would have used,” she said of Jonson who quit the cabinet over May’s proposals to keep Britain close to the EU on trade.
Meanwhile, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has called for another referendum on EU membership, saying the Britons must be given the chance to reject a Brexit deal that will badly affect the economy, jobs and the National Health Service.
In an article published in the Observer, he says there are now only two possible outcomes, either a bad deal for the UK or “no deal” at all.
“They are both incredibly risky and I don’t believe Theresa May has the mandate to gamble so flagrantly with the British economy and people’s livelihoods,” he writes.
He says that a second referendum is not what he initially wanted but now it is vital due to the government’s poor performance and the imminent threat to people’s living standards and jobs.
“People didn’t vote to leave the EU to make themselves poorer, to watch their businesses suffer, to have NHS wards understaffed, to see the police preparing for civil unrest or for our national security to be put at risk if our cooperation with the EU in the fight against terrorism is weakened.”
British authorities have announced that November will be the deadline for finalizing a deal on Brexit.
Britain is due to leave the EU by the end of March next year. Negotiations on a deal for future relations have been very tough and some have even warned that there is a high chance for the UK to crash out of the EU without a deal.