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May is right to resign, can't govern: Oppn calls for fresh polls

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Calling for fresh elections, UK's Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn on Friday cast doubt on Prime Minister Theresa May's ability to govern and sarcastically lauded her decision to resign.

"Theresa May is right to resign. She's now accepted what the country's known for months: she can't govern, and nor can her divided and disintegrating party. Whoever becomes the new Tory leader must let the people decide our country's future, through an immediate General Election," he tweeted.

Speaking right outside 10, Downing Street, the embattled British Prime Minister on Friday announced her decision to quit from her post on June 7, after her Brexit deal failed to get the green signal thrice in the UK Parliament. May also said that she will resign as leader of the Conservative Party on the same date.

Expanding on his statement, Corbyn later said: "Well at a human level, I listened to her statement this morning, and one can understand the stress that she's going through as any human being would be going through in this situation. But her description of this country is something that I don't recognise."

"When the UN produces reports that there are 14 million people in Britain living in poverty, when 1,30,000 children are living in insecure accommodation, then I think we've got to recognise there is a need for a change of direction in this country, and she's not offered it. And I'd be very surprised if any of her successors offered it," he stated in a video posted on his Twitter page.

May's decision to step down comes amid uncertainty over the UK's future in the next few months, whether it leaves the EU with or without a deal.

May took office as UK's Prime Minister in July 2016 after her predecessor and party colleague David Cameron stepped down from the post, following the Brexit referendum, which saw 52 percent of the electorate voting in favour of the country leaving the EU.

Meanwhile, local media reports suggest that a new Prime Minister will be in office by mid-July.

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First Published: Fri, May 24 2019. 21:53 IST