Saturday 25 May 2019 12:38 AM UTC
LONDON May 25: Theresa May announced Friday that she will resign as her party’s leader on June 7 and make way for a new British prime minister later this summer. May became the leader of Britain after the June 2016 referendum when the country voted to leave the European Union. Brexit was her No. 1 job, and she failed to deliver it.
Speaking at the lectern in front of the official residence at 10 Downing Street, May said she had “done my best” to make a success of Brexit but had failed to sway members of Parliament to back her deal. She told Britons that compromise was not a dirty word.
“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,” she said.
“It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret for me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.”
And at the end of her brief remarks, May noted that she was the second female prime minister and promised there would be more women in the highest office.
Then her voice became shaky and tears almost came as she said she was departing with “no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.”
May now joins a series of Conservative prime ministers who have fallen over the question of Britain’s relationship with Europe.
David Cameron, John Major and Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s only other female prime minister, were all ousted in part because they could not get their party, let alone the country, to agree on how closely tied Britain and the continent should be.
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