SWITZERLAND, MAY 24 – The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May is stepping down amidst tension created by issues concerning Brexit; the planned exit of Britain from the European Union.
Theresa May announced on Friday that she will be stepping down on June 7, during a tearful speech in London.
According to ABC news, her resignation is putting an end to months of speculation over her future because of her handling of Brexit.
“It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country to have a new prime minister,” May told reporters.
“Ever since I first stepped through the door behind me as prime minister I have striven to make the United Kingdom a country that works not just for the privileged few but for everyone, and to honor the result of the referendum,” May says.
“I have done my best” to deliver Brexit, May says — but she has failed to do so.
“I have tried three times.”
May adds it is a matter of personal regret for her that she has failed to deliver on her flagship policy.
May’s declaration comes after three bruising years that saw her fail to deliver Brexit.
May said Friday she would quit as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday June 7.
Her announcement triggers the start of a contest to replace her as Conservative leader and Prime Minister.
An election within the Conservative Party now will commence to determine who takes over as party leader. That person also will become prime minister, as the Conservatives are still the largest party in the House of Commons despite months of infighting.