British Prime Minister Theresa May considers it her duty to lead Britain out of the European Union. This is what May said at a late-night speech on Wednesday in front of 10 Downing Street in London.
May had survived a vote of no confidence in parliament just hours before. A majority of 325 to 306 MEPs had expressed confidence in May and her cabinet.
She has already held talks with opposition politicians on the country’s further Brexit course, May said. Even Labor’s biggest opposition party should discuss a new approach with her. Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn had denied meeting with the head of government, as long as May does not exclude a disorderly Brexit. She regrets that, but the door remains open, May said.
She understands that the events of the past 24 hours have worried people. “I believe it is my duty to carry out the order of the British people to leave the EU, and I intend to do so.”
The deputies had made it clear what they did not want, said the head of government. Now, we must work constructively to find out what Parliament wants. It is now time to put aside self-interest.
The Prime Minister wants to explain to the House of Commons next Monday, how it should continue to prevent a chaotic EU exit in ten weeks yet. Previously, she wants to continue to consult with the other parties in the lower house.