FOLLOWING months of turmoil and chaos the British Prime Minister has confirmed she will step down as leader of the Conservative
Theresa May failed to deliver Brexit – the UK’s departure from the European Union – after many unsuccessful attempts to find a compromise deal that parliament could ratify.
“Back in 2016, we gave the British people a choice. Against all predictions, the British people voted to leave the European Union,” Mrs May said in her statement outside her official Downing Street residence in central London.
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“I negotiated the terms of our exit and a new relationship with our closest neighbours that protects jobs, our security and our Union,” she added.
“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. I believe it was right to persevere, even when the odds against success seemed high.”
Mrs May’s decision to fall on her sword will prompt a contest for a new prime minister, who will have to try to break the impasse.
Her last day will be June 7, with a contest for a new leader to begin the following week.
“It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit. It will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honours the result of the referendum.
“To succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in parliament where I have not.”
Mrs May struggled to hold back her emotions as she described her leadership as “the honour” of her life.
“I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold – the second female Prime Minister but certainly 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.”