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UK Prime Minister Theresa May resigns as plans for Brexit fail

Theresa May on Friday announced that she was resigning from her position as the United Kingdom Prime minister and quitting as the conservative party leader on June 7.

The embattled Prime Minister has faced massive criticism for failing to deliver her flagship policy of leaving the European Union, missing two Brexit deadlines.

In her emotional statement at the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, May said although she had failed in her efforts she has also tried her best to implement the decision of the people.

“I negotiated the terms of our exit and a new relationship with our closest neighbours that protects jobs, our security and our Union. 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.

“I believe it was right to persevere, even when the odds against success seemed high. 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.

“It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit. It will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honours the result of the referendum.

“To succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in Parliament where I have not. Such a consensus can only be reached if those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise.

“So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday 7 June so that a successor can be chosen.”

The processes of electing a new leader she said would commence next week.

“I have kept Her Majesty the Queen fully informed of my intentions, and I will continue to serve as her Prime Minister until the process has concluded,” she said.

With May’s exit, it is expected that Britain will experience a leadership contest, with several Conservative MPs tipped to run. The winner will be Britain’s next PM.

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