Theresa May has announced that she will step down as Tory leader and British Prime Minister on June 7.
In an emotional speech outside No. 10
Downing St. in London, the Prime Minister tearfully said, “I will shortly
leave the job that it has been the honor of my life to hold,” adding with
pride, “the second female prime minister, but certainly not the
“I do so with no ill will, but
with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the
country I love,” she said.
Mrs. May also said that she tried her
best to deliver the result of the EU referendum.
“It is and will always remain a matter
of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” she said.
“It will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honours the result of the referendum. To succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in Parliament where I have not.”
Mrs. May will continue to fulfill her Prime Minister duties until a new leader is chosen. Tories have confirmed that by mid-July, a new leader will be proclaimed.
Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the resignation and called for an immediate General Election to ‘let the people decide our country’s future’.
Boris Johnson, the hardline Brexit
supporter and leading candidate to take over Theresa May’s post, said: “A very
dignified statement from Theresa May. Thank you for your stoical service to our
country and the Conservative Party. It is now time to follow her urgings: to
come together and deliver Brexit.”
Just hours after Theresa May’s
resignation, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and senior MP Sir Graham Brady both
announced they are entering the Conservative leadership contest.
They join declared
candidates Boris Johnson, Esther McVey and Rory Stewart, with more than a dozen
others also believed to be considering joining the race to take over as Tory
leader and Prime Minister.