Theresa May, the outgoing British Prime Minister, has reminisced on her time in office and revealed that she regrets allowing too much polarisation over Brexit and avoiding televised debates before a disastrous snap election in 2017.
May made her thoughts known in an interview published on Friday.
The only female British Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher in 1990 resigned her position as as leader of the ruling Conservatives in June after she admitted that she coiuld not convince the British parliament to back the Brexit deal agreement she reached with the European Union.
She edxplained that she wrongly assumed the deal would easily get through parliament for its endorsement and ratification.
“I did everything I could to get it over the line.
“I was willing to sit down with (opposition Labour leader) Jeremy Corbyn, willing to sacrifice my premiership, give up my job!” May told the popular newspaper, The Daily Mail.
“I had assumed mistakenly that the tough bit of the negotiation was with the EU, that parliament would accept the vote of the British people (in the 2016 Brexit referendum) and just want to get it done.”
May admitted that supporters of Brexit “would vote to get us out”, and then added: “But they didn’t.”
The Prime Minister also said she failed to reduce “the polarisation between the language of soft and hard Brexit” that divided the Conservative and Labour parties, as well as British voters.
Reminiscing on her path to power, May conceded that she should have attended the televised debates before the June 2017 elections.
She said she skipped them because of the troubles David Cameron, her predecssor, got into as a result of his responses in a previous debate.
May said: “I should have done the TV debates. I didn’t because I had seen them suck the lifeblood out of David Cameron’s campaign.’’
May will hand over to a new Conservative Leader and, ultimately, Prime Minister on July 24 after about 160,000 party members across Britain elect a new leader.
The election is between Boris Johnson, a former British Foreign Secretary and Mayor of London, and Jeremy Hunt, the incumbent Foreign Secretary.
Johnson has been heavily tipped to winh the election.