Brexit LATEST: What is happening with Brexit NOW? Everything you need to know

On Thursday, the UK headed to the polls in the European elections, seen largely in the UK as a “soft referendum” on . Meanwhile, is facing growing calls to stand down. And her Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB), which was meant to be published on Friday, has been delayed. Read on for more details.


The 28 EU member states - including the UK - will vote between Thursday and Sunday to elect new members of the European Parliament.

The UK MEPs might not sit for very long (if the UK meets the October 31 Brexit deadline), but the results could shape the future of the Brexit process.

In lieu of a general election or public vote, these elections have been widely seen as an opportunity for voters to send a message to the ruling party.



The Prime Minister is under immense pressure to throw in the towel and announce the timetable for her departure.

She said she’d do this once her Brexit deal had passed, but that’s still looking unlikely.

Meanwhile, her potential successors have begun circling, picking on the weaknesses of the Prime Minister’s administration to launch their own campaigns for the top job.

On Friday, the Prime Minister will meet with Sir Graham Brady, leader of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers.

It’s expected he’ll ask her to set out the timetable for her departure immediately, and, if denied, he’ll inform Mrs May he has enough votes to call for a second no-confidence vote in the Prime Minister.

On June 5, US President Donald Trump is due to make a three-day state visit to the UK from 3 to 5 June.

Asked who would be in 10 Downing Street when he arrives, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Theresa May will be Prime Minister to welcome him and rightly so.”

However, it is possible for Mrs May to quit as Conservative leader before Mr Trump’s visit, but continue as Prime Minister on a caretaker basis.



On Wednesday night, the leader of the House of Commons, over Mrs May’s plans to publish the WAB on Friday.

She said she could not announce the bill which had “new elements that I fundamentally oppose”.

She has been replaced by Treasury minister Mel Stride.

On Thursday, the Government said the WAB would not be published or debated until early June.

Downing Street has confirmed that the Prime Minister met Mr Hunt and Home Secretary Sajid Javid at No 10 on Thursday morning and would “give full consideration their views” about the bill.

Mrs Leadsom said on Thursday she had “no doubts that I made the right decision”, adding: “I felt I couldn’t, in all conscience, stand up and deliver the business statement today with a Withdrawal Agreement Bill in it that I couldn’t support elements of.”

She did not answer questions about whether she was planning to run for the leadership.

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