Facing backlash from within her own party over her plans regarding Brexit, Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Theresa May has announced her resignation.
In a sometimes emotional speech May said it was now clear to her, after having failed to deliver on Brexit, that in the best interests of the country it is time for a new Prime Minister to lead that effort.
BBC News explains that May will step down as Tory leader on June 7th, with the contest to replace her set to begin a week later. The party hopes a new leader will be chosen by July.
Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn tweeted his response to May’s resignation.
Theresa May is right to resign. She's now accepted what the country's known for months: she can't govern, and nor can her divided and disintegrating party.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 24, 2019
Whoever becomes the new Tory leader must let the people decide our country’s future, through an immediate General Election.
Johnson offered response via Twitter.
A very dignified statement from @theresa_may. Thank you for your stoical service to our country and the Conservative Party. It is now time to follow her urgings: to come together and deliver Brexit.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 24, 2019
First Minister to Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, also tweeted out her statement.
1. I wish Theresa May well. She and I had profound disagreements – not least on her handling of Brexit and her disregard for Scotland’s interests. However, leadership is tough – especially in these times – and she deserves thanks for her service.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 24, 2019
2. Her departure will not solve the Brexit mess that the Tories have created. Only putting the matter back to the people can do that. Given current circumstances, it also feels deeply wrong for another Tory to be installed in Number 10 without a General Election.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 24, 2019
3. The prospect of an even more hardline Brexiteer now becoming PM and threatening a no deal exit is deeply concerning. Added to the experience of the past three years, this makes it all the more important that Scotland is given the choice of becoming an independent country.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 24, 2019
President Donald Trump told reporters while he was awaiting to depart for Japan, that he felt badly for her, adding “she’s a good woman.”
Donald Trump – "I feel badly for Theresa May. She is a good woman. She worked very hard. She is very strong.— thebrexiteer 🇬🇧 (@BrexiteerGB) May 24, 2019
“She decided to do something that some people were surprised at, some people were not. It is for the good of her country." #Brexit pic.twitter.com/SYjv154dl0
President Trump is expected to visit the UK in the coming weeks.