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British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will be resigning effective June 7.
According to Reuters, May’s resignation comes after she failed to negotiate a Brexit withdrawal agreement with the European Union.
After resigning as the leader of the Conservative party, the party will pick a new leader who will become prime minister later this summer.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) May 24, 2019
Speaking outside of number 10, Downing Street – the prime minister’s official residence – May told reporters of her failure to implement Great Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, “I believe it was right to persevere even when the odds against success seemed high. It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret for me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.”
According to The Guardian, May’s announcement comes after a meeting with Graham Brady, the chair of the backbench Tory 1922 committee, which was prepared to trigger a second vote of no confidence if she refused to resign.
While former foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, appears to be a frontrunner to assume the post of the prime minister, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, and Rory Stewart could be contenders.