Theresa May has resigned from her role as the British Prime Minister
Theresa May has officially resigned from her role as the British Prime Minister as the murmurs of discontent over her handling of Brexit has brought discontent to fever pitch.
The Prime Minister's job was hanging by a thread coming into this week, with prominent members of her Cabinet - including Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt, Penny Mordaunt, Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom, and David Mundell - demanding that she steps down following a disastrous turn of events that has seen her Conservative party drop to just seven percent in a new European elections poll.
Before May approached the House of Commons earlier this week, rumours echoed around Westminster that the meeting could also include a dramatic announcement. May denied these allegations, but it seems as though the rumours had a nugget of truth in them.
"I am today announcing that I will resign as Conservative leader on Friday 7 June," May said in an official statement made outside the doors of number 10 Downing Street.
In her statement, the soon-to-be ex-Prime Minister said:
"Ever since I first stepped through the door behind me as PM I have striven to make the UK work not just for a privileged few but for everyone and to honour the result of the referendum."
"I negotiated the terms of our exit. I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal. Sadly I have not been able to do so. It is now clear to me that it is in the best interest of the UK for a new PM to lead that effort.
"I have agreed with the party chairman that the process for electing a new leader will begin in the following week. It is a matter of deep regret that I have not been able to deliver Brexit. My successor will have to find a consensus. Consensus will only be possible if those on both sides of the debate 'compromise'."
May had been charge for nearly three years following the resignation of David Cameron back in 2016, but she has suffered through a dramatic and eventual term as Prime Minister.
The pressure on her to deliver a version of Brexit that would satisfy both the European Parliament out in Brussels as well as her own constituents has escalated all throughout her time at 10 Downing Street, and it appears as if that pressure has finally told.