Announces her resignation | Will step down on June 7 | UK will have a new PM by end of July
May will quit as Conservative leader on June 7, after she was unable to formulate Britain’s exit from the European Union.
With her BREXIT bid in tatters, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation in an emotional address where she said she had done her best to deliver Brexit and had “deep regret” in being unable to do so.
- The UK PM faced backlash from her MPs against her latest Brexit plan which included concessions aimed at attracting cross-party support.
- May will continue as PM while Conservative leadership contest finalizes UK’s new leader.
- She will still be the PM when US President Donald Trump makes a state visit to the UK in June.
- Candidates to replace May include Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, MP Boris Johnson, MP Esther McVey and Secy of State Rory Stewart; dozen others considering to enter the fray.
- May added that her successor will need to build agreement in Parliament in order to deliver Brexit.
In her emotional address, May stated that she had done everything possible to convince MPs to support the deal she had negotiated with the European Union. But with no deal on the horizon, May said it was in the best interests of the UK for a new prime minister to lead the effort. May added:
“Such a consensus can only be reached if those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise,”
What’s next for UK?
The conservative party will arrange the contest to decide the next PM after the deadline for nominations on June 10. May leaves 10 Downing Street having failed to garner parliamentary support for her Brexit deal with EU.
But with a hung parliament, it will be interesting to see what the course of action will be for the next Conservative leader to achieve a deal.
Her resignation came after she met Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday where they uttered concerns about her proposed exit bill.