SWITZERLAND, JUNE 07 – The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May has officially stepped down as the leader of the Conservative Party, firing the starting pistol on the race to replace her in Number 10.
On May 24, 2019, May announced she would be stepping down amidst tension created by issues concerning Brexit; the planned exit of Britain from the European Union.
However, May will remain in Downing Street as prime minister until a new Tory Party leader has chosen. It is thought the new leader – and in effect, new PM, – will be announced the week beginning July 22.
Announcing her plans to resign two weeks ago, May said Brexit – and her failure to whip up support in the Commons for her Brexit deal – was behind her decision to step down.
“It will always remain a matter of deep regret for me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” she said in an emotional speech outside Number 10.
“It is now clear to me that it is in the best interest of the UK for a new PM to lead that effort.”
There are currently 11 Tory MPs vying to replace May as leader of the Conservative Party, with nominations set to close on Monday.