END OF AN ERA

Theresa May announces her resignation as UK Prime Minister

In Summary

• In an emotional statement in Downing Street Mrs May said she had "done my best" to honour the 2016 EU referendum result.

• She will step down as Tory leader on 7 June and a leadership contest is due to begin the following week.

British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a statement in London, Britain, May 24, 2019.
British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a statement in London, Britain, May 24, 2019.
Image: REUTERS/Toby Melville

Theresa May on Friday bowed to pressure from her own party and announced her resignation.

May named June 7 as the day she will step aside as Conservative leader bringing an end to her turbulent three-year leadership.

In an emotional statement in Downing Street Mrs May said she had "done my best" to honour the 2016 EU referendum result.

 
 
 
 

It would remain a matter of "deep regret" that she had been unable to deliver Brexit, she added.

But a new PM was "in the best interests of the country".

Mrs May said she will continue to serve as prime minister while a Conservative leadership contest takes place.

Theresa may on Friday bowed to pressure from her own party and announced her resignation. See story https://bit.ly/2YLwHUy

She will step down as Tory leader on 7 June and a leadership contest is due to begin the following week.

The prime minister has faced a backlash from her MPs against her latest Brexit plan, which included concessions aimed at attracting cross-party support.

Andrea Leadsom quit as Commons leader on Wednesday saying she no longer believed it would "deliver on the referendum result".

Mrs May met Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at Downing Street on Thursday where they are understood to have expressed their concerns about the bill.

 

In her statement on Friday, she said that in order to deliver Brexit, her successor would have to build a consensus in Parliament.

"Such a consensus can only be reached if those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise," she said.

Mrs May's voice shook as she ended her speech saying: "I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold.

"The second female prime minister, but certainly not the last.

"I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love."

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