Theresa May has resigned as Prime Minister over her failure to deliver Brexit. In the announcement which was made this morning, May said she would leave “with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love”. Within the resignations statement, she admits: “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.” She recalls some advise she was given from the humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton. She says:
At another time of political controversy, a few years before his death, he took me to one side at a local event and gave me a piece of advice.
He said, ‘Never forget that compromise is not a dirty word. Life depends on compromise.’
He was right.
She also listed the government's achievements whilst she has been in power including reducing unemployment, boosting funding for mental health and implementing a ban on single-use plastics.
You can hear the full speech here:
"It is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead"
UK Prime Minister Theresa May announces she will resign on Friday 7 June
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) May 24, 2019
She will resign as leader on Friday, 7th June, so a successor can be chosen. So far Borris Johnson is tipped to be her successor as Prime Minister. Here is how the people of Twitter have reacted to the breaking news.
— Sarah O'Connell (@SarahO_Connell) May 24, 2019
I'm not sorry that Theresa May is resigning, but I'm fucking terrified about what comes next. pic.twitter.com/fdwImWKoFo
— Chris Rankin (@chrisrankin) May 24, 2019
When Theresa May resigns but you realise some other vile Tory is gonna take over pic.twitter.com/O2ZMESYxhh
— Chris Godfrey (@ChrisPJGodfrey) May 24, 2019