May 24, 2019
By Jane Brown
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Friday morning she is stepping down as Conservative party leader on June 7th.
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“I will shortly leave the job that has been the honour of my life to hold, the second female prime minister but certainly not the last,” May said as she spoke outside the prime minister’s official resident at 10 Downing Street in London, “I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.”
May has succumbed to relentless pressure from her party to quit, over her failure to take Britain out of the European Union on schedule.
Britain is currently due to leave the EU on October 31st, but Parliament has yet to approve divorce terms.
May’s departure will trigger a party leadership contest in which any Conservative lawmaker can run. The early front-runner is Boris Johnson, a former foreign secretary and strong champion of Brexit.
May stays on as caretaker prime minister until a new leader is chosen.