UK: Theresa May breaks down in tears announcing her resignation, admits she failed ‘the country I love’
British Prime Minister Theresa May broke down in tears today saying it was the “honor of her life” to serve in the job, as she announced she will stand down as leader of the Conservative party on June 7.
The Prime Minister announced her departure in an emotional statement on the steps of Downing Street after meeting Tory backbench chief Sir Graham Brady and giving the news to her staff behind closed doors.
She said she deeply regretted not being able to get Brexit done.
‘I’ve done my best,’ she said. ‘I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal … sadly I have not been able to do so.
‘It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.’
Pressure on May to quit over her failure to get Parliament’s approval for a European Union divorce deal reached a critical point this week as House of Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom quit and several Cabinet colleagues expressed doubts about her Brexit bill.
With her authority draining away by the hour, May on Thursday delayed plans to publish the EU withdrawal bill – her fourth and likely final attempt to secure Parliament’s backing for her Brexit blueprint.
Several Conservative lawmakers have already said they would run to replace her — and, they say, complete Britain’s journey out of the EU. The early front-runner is Boris Johnson, a former foreign secretary and a strong champion of Brexit.
May became prime minister in July 2016, and her premiership has been consumed by the so-far-unsuccessful attempt to leave the EU.
Britain is currently due to depart on October 31, but Parliament has yet to approve divorce terms.