Theresa May to resign as prime minister on 7 June


Theresa May has announced on Friday morning that she is resign as prime minister on Friday 7 June to make way for the contest to start for a new PM.

May gave an emotional statement and said I have “done my best” and “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.”

“It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort.

“So, I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday the 7 of June.”

She added: “I believe it was right to persevere even when the odds against success seemed high.

“It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.”

A very teary May said she will leave her job “with no ill will” and went on to say fighting back the tears her voice broke and added she was “the second female prime minister but certainly not the last.”

Jeremy Hunt the foreign secretary 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.”

GMB general secretary Tim Roache said, “This government has given us more farcical scenes than The Thick Of It, and more brutal beheadings than Game Of Thrones.

“No-one is going to be sorry when this series ends.”