British Prime Minister Theresa May stared on Wednesday at the prospect of her political career coming to an inglorious end after her final attempt to save her Brexit deal was almost universally condemned by parliament.
The beleaguered premier is in the last throes of a tumultuous rule focused all-but exclusively on guiding her fractured country out of the European Union in one piece.
But three overwhelming rejections by parliament of the terms she struck with the other 27 nations last year have forced Britain to miss the original March 29 departure date and plead for more time.
May is now paying the price for failing to deliver on the wishes of voters who chose by a narrow margin in 2016 to break their uneasy four-decade involvement in the European integration project.
Her Conservatives are set to get thumped in European Parliament elections Thursday in which the brand new Brexit Party of anti-EU populist Nigel Farage is running away with the polls.
Anxious members of May’s party were meeting behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss changes to the rules that would let them vote no-confidence in her leadership in the days to come.
May has already promised to step down no matter the outcome of her fourth attempt to ram her version of Brexit through parliament in early June.
But even that sacrifice and a package of sweeteners unveiled Wednesday that included a chance for lawmakers to get a second Brexit referendum failed to win hearts and minds.