Theresa May has announced she will resign as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in two weeks' time. Which means it's just two weeks until she can go on the most well-deserved holiday of her life, after the stress of the past three years.
Speaking outside Downing Street this morning, May 24, Theresa May appeared emotional as she delivered the news most had been predicting. The Prime Minister said it had been "the honour of my life to hold" to lead the country, adding: "The second female Prime Minister, but certainly not the last."
May's voice obviously began to crack as she delivered the end of her speech: "I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love."
Whatever your views on Brexit or how good or bad she's been as a Prime Minister, it's hard not to choke up at her final words.
The ultimate demise of Theresa May was in the deal she was pushing for Brexit. After negotiating with the EU about the terms under which the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, the overwhelming consensus from MPs was one of disagreement. After being unable to persuade them to back her Brexit deal for a third time, the only place left to turn was resignation.
"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," May said in her speech this morning, adding that it "is and always will remain a matter of deep regret" that she did not manage to lead the country out of the EU, as the 2016 referendum decided.
Ms May will officially resign as leader of the Conservative party on Friday 7 June, following President Trump's state visit to the UK on 3 June. The process to picj a new leader will begin in the following week.
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