British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced her resignation on 7th June as Leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party. She will however remain as British Prime Minister until her successor has been appointed by the Party, possibly by the end of July.
May said it is a great regret that she was not able to carry out Brexit; however, she feels proud of the work her Government has carried out for the United Kingdom to exit from the European Union.
After three years of struggling to implement the mandate of the people for the UK to leave the EU, with different currents on both sides, May announced she will temporarily remain Prime Minister and called for the immediate launch to find her Party’s successor after 7th June.
Speaking in front of No 10, Downing Street, May emphasised her regret at not having managed to accomplish Brexit with an agreement and that her belief is that such an agreement is the only means for Brexit to succeed.
“I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal; sadly I have not been able to do so. I tried three times and I believed it was right to persevere even when the odds against success seemed high. But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interest of the country for a new Prime Minister to lead that effort. So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday the 7th of June.”
While saying he fully understood that Prime Minister May was under great stress, Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn said the PM had no other alternative solution to implement the wishes of the people.
”But the reality is a new Conservative leader isn’t going to solve the problem. There has to be another opportunity for the people of this country to decide who they want to be in their Government, how they want the Government to be run, what the long term strategy is of that Government. I think we need a General Election.”
The news of May’s resignation followed after in recent days she lost the support of her Cabinet Members who were previously supporting her Brexit strategy, including the Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, who together with other Conservative Party members asked May resign. Visibly emotional, May knew she had no other recourse but to resign.
”I will shortly leave the job that has been the honour of my life to hold – the second female Prime Minister but 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.”
When a new Conservative Leader is chosen by the end of July, her Premiership will draw to a close, a role she struggled in during many difficult moments and suffered a great defeat in the House of Commons while she attempted to implement the UK’s most difficult decisions in the country’s history since World War II.