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step down
退く(後出 resignation は辞任)
Brexit
英国のEU離脱のこと(後出 divorce は離脱〈案〉)
deal
合意内容(後出 seal a deal は合意する)
European Union (EU)
欧州連合(後出 bloc もここでは同意)
Conservative Party
保守党(後出 Conservative は保守党員)
caretaker
暫定的な
vote to ~
投票で~すると決める
bring down
失脚させる
fell
(ここでは)引きずりおろす
lawmaker
国会議員
break a deadlock
行き詰まりを打破する
contender
候補者
front-runner
最有力候補
foreign secretary
外相
champion
擁護者、推進派の人
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen in London on May 24. (AP)

Britain's May steps down over failed Brexit deal   

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said on May 24 she would step down after she failed to lead Britain out of the European Union (EU). After her resignation as Conservative Party leader on June 7, she will stay on as caretaker prime minister until the new leader is chosen, a process the Conservatives aim to complete by late July.

"I have done my best," May said in a speech before acknowledging that it was not good enough.

May became prime minister the month after the U.K. voted in June 2016 to leave the EU. She was brought down by Brexit, but felled by her own party, which refused three times to accept a divorce deal she sealed with the EU.

Many Conservative lawmakers came to see May as an obstacle and blamed her for the U.K.'s failure to leave the EU on the scheduled date of March 29. The bloc has extended that deadline until Oct. 31 in hope that Britain's politicians can break their political deadlock.

Multiple contenders are already looking to replace May. The early front-runner is Boris Johnson, a former foreign secretary and strong champion of Brexit.

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