BREAKING: Theresa May Quits as UK Prime Minister
PM announces she will leave on 7th June, 2019
Theresa May has announced that she will step down as Conservative leader and UK prime minister by June 7, following a Cabinet revolt over her Brexit plan.
On Friday morning, the Prime Minister met Sir Graham Brady, the leader of backbench Conservatives, to discuss her future after her authority was left in tatters following the backlash against her "new Brexit deal".
Mrs. May gave a speech outside No10 Downing Street where she set the date for her departure.
She cited the failure of her "new” Brexit deal, with ministers Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt believed to among those raising concerns.
A 1922 Committee source previously suggested that PM May will choose to step down on June 10.
The prime minister says that is will always remain a source of great regret that she could not deliver Brexit.
Quoting Nicholas Winton, she says that “compromise is not a dirty word.”
She says she knows the Conservative party will serve people in the years ahead.
She says the importance of the office of prime minister is to fight “burning injustice,” the phrase she used at the beginning of her premiership.
“Our politics may be under strain but there is so much that is good about this country," she said from outside Number 10.
"So much to be proud of. So much to be optimistic about.”
May says it has been “the honor of my life” to be the “second female prime minister, but certainly not the last.”
Her voice cracks as she says it has been an honor to have the opportunity to serve the country she loves.
May will resign as leader of the Conservative party on 7th June and the process to select a new leader will start the following week.
So, she will be the prime minister that welcomes Donald Trump on 3rd June.
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