Tearful British PM Theresa May resigns, says ‘It is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead’

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has announces her resignation amidst raging row over her failure to secure an acceptable Brexit deal. She said, “It is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead.”

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May said that she will will leave office on Friday 7 June.

A tearful May said that serving as prime minister had been the honour of my life’, adding that she was proud to have been the second female leader of the UK. Her voice choked several times as she said that it will always remain a matter of ‘deep regret’ to her that she had not been able to ‘deliver Brexit.’

Her voice cracked with emotion as May said, “I will shortly leave the job that 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.”

Her cabinet colleague Jeremy Hunt tweeted, “I want to pay tribute to the PM today. Delivering Brexit was always going to be a huge task, but one she met every day with courage & resolve. NHS will have an extra £20bn thanks to her support, and she leaves the country safer and more secure. A true public servant.”

Another senior Conservative party MP and a junior minister in the UK government, Liam Fox, praised May for acting ‘with dignity and honour in pursuit of what she believes to be in the national interest, the hallmark of her time in public life.’