Brexit Failure Leads to Theresa May’s Resignation as Prime Minister


British Prime Minister Theresa May, amid heavy political pressure, is stepping down from her position of leadership.

Theresa May

On Friday, May 24, she announced her resignation in a tearful and emotional speech. June 7 is the day she will leave Downing Street.

Now, Brexit will be up to her successor, who the Tory party hopes to select by late July.

Brexit Failures

May explained that she’d tried everything she could in terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. However, she also acknowledged her failure to convince Members of Parliament to back a deal.

“It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.”

Try as she might, MPs thrice rejected May’s deal.

“I tried three times. I believe it was right to persevere, even when the odds against success seemed high,” she said. “But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new Prime Minister to lead that effort.”

She did make it a point to say that a willingness to compromise would likely be required of her successor.

Stepping Aside

“I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honor of my life to hold — the second female Prime Minister but certainly not the last,” May said.

“I do so with no ill-will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.”

It was during these closing remarks that May burst into tears before leaving the lectern.

May will still be serving as Prime Minister when President Trump visits the UK in early June.