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Matt Dunham / AP

Nigel Farage says Theresa May's days as prime minister are numbered after her Conservative Party's shocking losses in the United Kingdom's snap elections.

  • May is "severely weakened" by the snap election results, Farage told Axios. "I doubt she'll stay leader."
  • "The problem was she didn't believe in" Brexit, and "comes across as totally insincere" since she had to represent the people who voted to leave the EU. Farage says May "damaged herself and potentially the Brexit" process. ( EU leaders are indeed concerned Brexit talks, which were set to start June 19, may be pushed back or eventually fail.)
  • Who he thinks would step up to fill May's place: Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary who lost out to May last year, or David Davis, the Brexit Secretary.

On whether Trump had an impact on the election: "None whatsoever. It was a popularity contest" between May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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U.S. wants nuclear deal done before Iran's new president takes power

Iranian negotiatorAbbas Araghchi arrives at the Grand Hotel Wien for the nuclear talks. Photo: Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration wants to finalize a deal with Iran to return to the 2015 nuclear deal in the six weeks remaining before a new Iranian president is inaugurated, a U.S. official tells Axios.

Key quote: The official said it would be "concerning" if talks dragged on into early August, when Iran's transition is due to take place. "If we don't have a deal before a new government is formed, I think that would raise serious questions about how achievable it's going to be," the official said.

Drought, record heat wave in West tied to climate change

People on Folsom Lake in Granite Bay, California, U.S., June 16, 2021. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The prolonged and widespread heat wave in the West, along with the region's increasingly severe drought, is a sign of how climate change has already tilted the odds in favor of such extremes, studies show.

Why it matters: The rapidly growing Southwest, in particular, is also the nation's fastest-warming region. The combination of heat and drought could lead to a repeat, or even eclipse, the severity of 2020's wildfire season in California and other states.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
3 hours ago - Energy & Environment

What to watch as infrastructure talks heat up

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A mix of Beltway action and extreme weather events have brought the fault lines in infrastructure talks and their planetary stakes into sharper focus.

Catch up fast: Senate Democratic leaders pledged to seek big climate measures in a multitrillion-dollar, Democrats-only package that faces a very narrow political path.