May is a formidable negotiator, but agreeing favorable Brexit terms will be extraordinarily difficult.
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Now Theresa May and Angela Merkel, equally firm but pragmatic, will go head to head to determine Britain's future relationship with Europe. Two years the German chancellor's junior, May is highly regarded among European officials who largely welcomed news that she would become British prime minister Wednesday after David Cameron bows out.Described by one veteran British conservative as a "bloody difficult woman," 59-year-old May will need to muster all the goodwill she can in Europe. Her task is to deal with the negotiating clout and stamina of Merkel, who in 10 years as chancellor has regularly outlasted other European Union leaders at late night Brussels meetings.May, who has been British interior minister for the past six years, will become prime minister simply because Conservative members of Parliament elected her leader of the ruling party.Merkel, however, wants Britain to make its intentions clear more quickly.A quiet "Remain" campaigner, May must now get the best terms she can.
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