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UK Prime Minister Theresa May resigns, to leave office on June 7

UK Prime Minister Theresa May resigns, to leave office on June 7

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<p><strong>The United Kingdom’s prime minister Theresa May on Friday paved way for a new leader of her governing Conservative Party, announcing that she would step down on June 7.</strong></p> <p>“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. So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday the 7th of June,” May said.</p> <p>May has been under pressure to resign and give a new leader the opportunity to try and break an impasse over Britain’s departure from the European Union.</p> <p>With her voice breaking up with emotion, May, who endured crises and humiliation in her effort to find a compromise Brexit deal that parliament could ratify, said she bore no ill will.</p> <p>“I will shortly leave the job that has been the honour of my life to hold,” May said. “The second female prime minister, but certainly not the last.”</p> <p>“I do so with no ill will but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love,” May said.</p> <p>May, once a reluctant supporter of EU membership, who won the top job in the turmoil that followed the 2016 Brexit vote, steps down with her central pledges – to lead the United Kingdom out of the bloc and heal its divisions – unfulfilled.</p> <p>May bequeaths a deeply divided country and a political elite that is deadlocked over how, when or whether to leave the EU. She said her successor would need to find a consensus in parliament on Brexit.</p> <p>May’s departure will deepen the Brexit crisis as a new leader is likely to want a more decisive split, raising the chances of a confrontation with the European Union and a snap parliamentary election.</p> <p>The leading contenders to succeed May all want a tougher divorce deal, although the EU has said it will not renegotiate the Withdrawal Treaty it sealed in November.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">REUTERS</span></em></strong></p>
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