British Prime Minister Theresa May resigns

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Embattled UK Prime Minister Theresa May has given a news conference where she has announced her intention to leave office on Friday 7 June 2019.

“Back in 2016 we gave the British people a choice. Against all predictions the British people decided to leave the European Union”, the Prime Minister said.

“I feel as certain today as I did three years ago, that in a democracy, if you give people a choice, you have a duty to implement what they decide.

"I have done my best to do that. I negotiated the terms of our exit and a new relationship with our closest neighbours; that protects jobs, our security and our union. I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal.

"Sadly, I have not been able to do so. I tried three times. I believe it was right to persevere, even when the odds against success seemed high.

"But it is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country that 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, so that a successor can be chosen."

In an emotional speech, May's voice faltered and tears welled up as she ended her speech saying: "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."

The BBC quoted Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn as saying May had been "right to resign" and that the Conservative Party was now "disintegrating".

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