Theresa May Has Announced That She Will Resign On June 7
Theresa May has announced that she will resign as Conservative Party leader on 7 June in a statement outlining her departure from Downing Street.
The Prime Minister made the statement this morning following pressure and backlash from her own MPs against her latest Brexit plan.
She said it was the 'honour of her life' to serve the country as Prime Minister adding: "I'm proud of the progress we have made over the last three years," but said it was in the 'best interests of the country' to stand down.
The Guardian reported that Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, said yesterday: "I want her to give a timetable for when she will go.
"I think this blank denial from Number 10 today may be a smokescreen because she does not want to influence the outcome of the European elections. Maybe she will still quit tomorrow."
Just days ago, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom quit, saying her resignation on Wednesday evening came 'with great regret and a heavy heart'.
Her departure marked the 36th resignation by a minister under Theresa May - 21 of which had been directly over Brexit, according to the BBC.
It is with great regret and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from the Government. pic.twitter.com/f2SOXkaqmH
- Andrea Leadsom MP (@andrealeadsom) May 22, 2019
In her resignation letter to May, Leadsom - who was considered the most prominent Brexiteer in the cabinet - said: "I stayed in Cabinet to shape and fight for Brexit.
"There have been some uncomfortable compromises along the way, but you have had my determined support and loyalty in your efforts to deliver Brexit as our shared goal.
"I no longer believe that our approach will deliver on the referendum result."
Former Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith had also urged May's cabinet to quit en masse if her revised EU withdrawal bill was published on Friday.
Speaking to TalkRadio, Duncan Smith said: "Politics is a nasty, sometimes brutal, ghastly business. But the reality is that she has no confidence any longer, not just in her party but in the cabinet as well.
"So the best thing for her and the best thing for everybody else is to break away and say it's time to find a new leader."
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