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have refused to vote in favor of May’s much-maligned deal to leave the European Union, leading to open challenges to her premiership from within her own party. The U.K. leader had already promised to set a timetable for a new prime minister to take the reins, once lawmakers had voted on her new Brexit “Withdrawal Agreement Bill.” But her proposals, including a customs union arrangement and the chance for lawmakers to vote on holding another Brexit referendum, prompted anger from many Conservative Members of Parliament (MPs). The opposition Labour Party called May’s latest Withdrawal Agreement Bill a “rehash” and said it would not support the plans.

United kingdom’s second female leader, after Margaret Thatcher, and vowing to carry through Britain’s exit. She initially began the official process of withdrawing the U.K. from the European Union by triggering Article 50 in March 2017. The following month, May announced a snap general election with the aim of strengthening her hand in Brexit negotiations. That move backfired as the number of Conservative Party MPs actually lost, forcing her government to operate on a confidence and supply deal, securing votes from the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. The biggest difficulty May faced when trying to carry

through Britain’s exit from the EU was settling the Irish border issue - a contentious problem which remains unresolved. Ultimately, her plan to exit the European Union failed to satisfy lawmakers from across the political spectrum and put in place a sequence of events that has seen her step down. The daughter of a vicar, May attended Oxford University where she read Geography. The 62-year-old May was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1997 and rose to become home secretary before taking the top job of prime minister. Previously, May had worked at the Bank of England.

The process of selecting May’s replacement will now begin with Conservative lawmaker and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson heavily tipped as her probable successor.

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