Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May was in tears this morning as she announced her plan to step down from office.
She said it had been “the honour of my life” to “serve the country that I love” but will step aside on June 7th.
“Ever since I first stepped through the door behind me as prime minister I have striven to make the United Kingdom a country that works not just for the privileged few but for everyone, and to honor the result of the referendum,” May said.
She added: “I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back this deal. Sadly, I have not been able — I tried three times.”
“I believe it was right to persevere….it is now clear to me that it is in the best interest of the country for a new PM to lead that effort,” May said.
The speech on the steps of Downing Street marked a very dignified end to a politician who has spent the last three years attempting to take the UK out of the EU.
A mass mutiny by the Conservative party earlier this week made her position untenable. She has now set out a timetable for her successor to be chosen, with the week after June 7 marking the start of the official leadership race.
May held back tears throughout the speech and was visibly tearful as she concluded her speech.
“I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honor of my life to hold,” said British Prime Minister Theresa May in a tearful statement announcing her resignation https://t.co/a1kOrSGIv6 pic.twitter.com/Ksi2uKfs0Z— CNN International (@cnni) May 24, 2019
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