LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May launched a broadside against populism on Wednesday, using a valedictory speech to encourage her successor to embrace compromise to secure Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at Chatham House in London, Britain July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Pool
With only a few days left in power, the 62-year-old May railed against the coarsening of politics in what her audience took to be words aimed at Britain’s probable next leader Boris Johnson or U.S. President Donald Trump.
While she said her words were not directed at anyone in particular, May used her last major speech as prime minister to set out why she felt her pragmatic approach to politics held more promise than what she called a tendency towards absolutism.
Aware she we will be remembered as the prime minister who failed to deliver Brexit, May listed among her achievements a tough stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin after the Salisbury nerve agent attack and an ambitious new climate goal.
Acknowledging she had “no greater regret” than failing to deliver her Brexit deal – rejected three times by Britain’s divided parliament – May said she had been trying to reunite a nation divided by the 2016 referendum.
“Whatever path we take must be sustainable for the long-term – so that delivering Brexit brings our country back together. That has to mean some kind of compromise,” she said at internation