British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation on Friday after failing to conclude her Brexit plan.
“It is in the best interest of the country for a new Prime Minister to lead that effort.” Theresa May said on Friday, May 24th at a lectern outside Downing Street announcing her resignation as the leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on the 7th of June.
In a voice choked by emotion, May expressed “a deep regret at not having been able to implement Brexit”. May said it would be down to her successor to find consensus where she could not, and urged all sides to compromise.
“I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honor of my life to hold — the second female Prime Minister but certainly not the last,” May said.
“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, bursting into tears as she left the lectern. Full speech reported by CNN above.
According to reports, May was forced into making Friday’s announcement after losing the support of her Cabinet, many of whom were fed up with the ongoing turmoil over Brexit.