- Theresa May has announced she will step down as Conservative Party leader on 7 June
- She broke down in tears as she said serving as prime minister was “the honour of my life”
- Mrs May will continue to serve as prime minister while a Conservative leadership contest takes place
- Mrs May was under pressure to quit after a backlash from her own MPs against her Brexit plan
- Parliament has rejected Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement three times
Theresa May has announced she is to stand down as Prime Minister on 7 June following months of mounting pressure over her failure to deliver Brexit.
Her voice cracking, the Prime Minister said it had been ‘the honour of my life’ to serve ‘the country that I love’.
In an emotional speech, Mrs May said she had ‘done her best’ to deliver the result of the EU referendum.
“It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” she said.
Mrs May will remain in post until a successor is chosen.
Mrs May delivered her speech this morning shortly after meeting the chairman of Tory backbenchers at 9am. The timing means a new Tory leader – and therefore Prime Minister – should be in place by the end of July.
Her announcement comes the day after European elections, in which the Tories are expected to perform disastrously.
The final straw of her doomed premiership came when a last-gasp effort to win support for her Withdrawal Agreement Bill backfired spectacularly and it became obvious her Brexit deal was dead in the water.
Brexiteers within her own party were enraged by the concession of the offer of a potential second referendum and customs union arrangement announced on Tuesday.
She also lost the support of many senior Cabinet members who made it clear her time was up.
Labour and the DUP also said they would not support the deal.
Andrea Leadsom dealt another blow when she quit as Commons leader on Wednesday evening saying she had lost confidence Mrs May would “deliver on the referendum result”.
Boris Johnson is the current favourite to replace Mrs May.