British lawmakers praised, condemned and verbally pushed Theresa May while receiving final questions from her prime minister on Wednesday before handing over power to her successor, Boris Johnson.
“I pay tribute to your sense of public service,” Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn told parliament while repeating his request for a general election.
Corbyn said he hoped that May, who will remain a member of parliament, “is opposed to his successor’s reckless plans”, apparently referring to Johnson’s promise to withdraw Britain from the EU by October 31, with or without an agreement
The former foreign secretary, Johnson, will lead Britain from Wednesday afternoon, when May will resign after resigning from his failure to convince lawmakers to support his agreement with Brexit.
Conservative rulers said Tuesday that their members had chosen Johnson in a second round between him and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to lead the party and the country.
May agreed to withdraw in May after she was unable to obtain parliamentary approval for the Brexit agreement agreed with Brussels.
On Wednesday he told parliament that he had “worked tirelessly to get a good deal for the UK”, leaving the camera applauding by conservatives and some opposition lawmakers.
May is expected to hold a final speech outside 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the prime minister in London, before visiting Queen Elizabeth II to formally inform her of her resignation on Wednesday.
Johnson will have his audience with the queen before traveling to talk off Downing Street.
It is expected to begin to announce to ministers for its new cabinet Wednesday or Thursday evening.
Johnson will also make a statement in parliament on his plans for Brexit on Thursday, according to reports unconfirmed by the British media.
In his acceptance speech on Tuesday, Johnson said he wanted to unite Britain and “end Brexit” before the EU’s late October 31 release date, with or without an agreement.
“We’re going to get Brexit done … in a new spirit of can-do,’’ he said in a prepared victory speech.
“And like some slumbering giant, we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self-doubt and negativity, ”NAN.