“It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country to have a new prime minister,” a tearful British Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters, as she announced her resignation.
May’s resignation puts to an end months of speculation over her future because of her handling of Brexit. She is resigning as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7. She will remain as prime minister until a new leader is elected from within the party.
“It is a matter of deep regret that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” May added. “My successor will have to find a consensus. Consensus will only be possible if those on both sides of the debate compromise.”
Toward the end of her speech, May’s voice cracked and she appeared on the verge of tears, adding: “It’s been the honor of my life to serve the country I love.”
May’s authority has looked increasingly shaky in recent months. Her Brexit deal, which she spent the better part of three years negotiating and re-negotiating, has been rejected by lawmakers three times this year.
She previously said she’d would resign if her Brexit deal was passed, but now she’s bowing to pressure from lawmakers within her own party to resign before a deal is again put up for a vote.
Boris Johnson announced his intention to run for prime minister once May steps down. Others include Dominic Raab, Esther McVey and Matt Hancock.