Following Theresa May’s announcement on Friday that she is to step down as prime minister on Friday 7 June the foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said she is “a true public servant.”
He said, “I want to pay tribute to the PM today. Delivering Brexit was always going to be a huge task, but one she met every day with courage & resolve.
“NHS will have an extra £20bn thanks to her support, and she leaves the country safer and more secure. A true public servant.”
Michael Gove the environment secretary who is tipped for the top job said, “A moving speech from a Prime Minister who deserves our respect and gratitude.
Thank you Theresa May.”
International trade secretary Liam Fox said that Theresa May “has acted with dignity and honour in pursuit of what she believes to be in the national interest, the hallmark of her time in public life.”
The secretary of state Amber Rudd said May “has shown great courage.”
“She is a public servant who did all she could to bring Brexit to a resolution. Her sense of duty is something everyone should admire and aspire to.”
She added, “As a Party we must come together to make a success of the next phase of our Party’s great story.
“Brexit is a process and compromise is needed to pass a Deal that works for everyone. We must show we can lead this great country to the strong future that I know we can deliver.”
The secretary of state for Scotland, David Mundell said, “I am very sorry it has come to this. Nobody could have worked harder, or shown a greater sense of public duty, in delivering the result of the EU referendum than Theresa May.”
Adding, “She has my utmost respect for those endeavours, in the most challenging of circumstances, as well as her unswerving commitment to the Union.”
Leo Varadkar the Irish premier said, “I got to know Theresa May very well over the last two years. She is principled, honourable, and deeply passionate about doing her best for her country, and her party.
“Politicians throughout the EU have admired her tenacity, her courage, and her determination during what has been a difficult and challenging time.
“Theresa May strove to chart a new future for the United Kingdom. I want to wish her the very best for the future.
“And I look forward to working closely with her successor.”
The former House of Commons leader, Andrea Leadsom said, A very dignified speech by Theresa May.
“An illustration of her total commitment to country and duty. She did her utmost, and I wish her all the very best.”