Theresa May says dis­cus­sion of her lead­er­ship ‘ir­ri­tat­ing’

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BRI­TISH Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May con­cedes that she gets “ir­ri­tated” by the de­bate over her lead­er­ship dur­ing the dif­fi­cult Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.

She told the BBC in an in­ter­view sched­uled to be broad­cast Sun­day that she is con­cerned for the coun­try’s fu­ture, not her own, as talks about Bri­tain’s up­com­ing exit from the Euro­pean Union con­tinue.

May faces a split in her Con­ser­va­tive Party, with some in­flu­en­tial fig­ures pre­fer­ring a more com­plete break with the EU than she is ad­vo­cat­ing. Roughly 50 hard-lin­ers met Tues­day night to dis­cuss her pos­si­ble ouster.

In the in­ter­view, May said the lead­er­ship talk can be dis­tract­ing.

“I get a lit­tle bit ir­ri­tated, but this de­bate is not about my fu­ture.

This de­bate is about the fu­ture of the peo­ple of the UK and the fu­ture of the United King­dom,” she said. “That’s what I’m fo­cused on, and that’s what we should all be fo­cused on.” May crit­i­cized for­mer For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son, who re­signed in July to protest her plan to keep some close ties to the EU af­ter Brexit.

John­son, who is seen by many an­a­lysts as po­si­tion­ing him­self as a pos­si­ble suc­ces­sor to the em­bat­tled prime min­is­ter, re­cently caused a furor by com­par­ing May’s Brexit strat­egy to a “sui­cide vest.”

“I have to say that that choice of lan­guage is com­pletely in­ap­pro­pri­ate,” May said..

Photo: EPA

Bri­tain’s Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May ar­rives at Down­ing Street in Lon­don, Bri­tain, 10 Septem­ber 2018.

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