Theresa May has announced she will resign as prime minister of the United Kingdom in June.
Fronting the world’s media at 10 Downing Street this morning (local time), May announced she will officially stand down on June 7, resigning as leader of the Conservative party.
In her resignation speech, May said she has done her best to deliver Brexit and will “deeply regret” that she could not do so.
“It will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honours the result of the referendum,” she said.
An emotional May continued:
Our politics may be under strain but there is so much that is good about this country. So much to be proud of. So much to be optimistic about.
I will shortly leave the job but it has been the honour of my life to hold, the second female prime minister but certainly not the last. I do so with no ill will but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.
The search for a new leader will commence in the new week.