Prime Minister May Resigns
Mrs. May is leaving Downing Street, but not today.
Facing a cabinet rebellion, Theresa May set out Friday morning a timetable for her departure from office.
Standing in front of 10 Downing Street, Mrs. May said it was in the “best interests of the country for a new prime minister” to lead Britain through the Brexit process. She announced plans to step down as the leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, with the process to replace her beginning the following week. She will remain as a lame-duck prime minister until a new leader is chosen, probably by the end of July.
“I feel as certain today as I did three years ago that in a democracy, if you give people a choice you have a duty to implement what they decide. I have done my best to do that,” she added. “I have done everything I can to convince M.P.s to back that deal. Sadly, I have not been able to do so.”
[Read Mrs. May’s entire speech here.]
Mrs. May’s voice cracked as she said she was honored to serve the country as the “second female prime minister, but certainly not the last,” and said the role had been the honor of her life.
The speech followed a meeting with Graham Brady, a powerful leader of backbench Conservative lawmakers.
She will continue as a member of Parliament after stepping down as prime minister, the Press Association news agency has reported.