British Prime Minister, Theresa May, broke down in tears on Friday following her resignation announcement.
The Prime Minister announced her departure in an emotional statement following her troubled premiership after bowing to a massive Tory mutiny over her Brexit plans. May read her last rites on the steps of Downing Street after meeting Tory backbench chief Sir Graham Brady and giving the news to her staff behind closed doors.
‘I’ve done my best,’ she said. ‘I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal … sadly I have not been able to do so.
‘It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.’
Watched by husband Philip, Mrs May was almost unable to continue as she was overtaken by tears while voicing her pride at having served the country.
She declared she will resign as Conservative leader on June 7, triggering a contest that should be complete by the end of July – admitting it was time for someone else to try and deliver Brexit.
Mrs May said it had been the ‘honour of my life’ to be PM, and she hoped she would not be the last woman to lead the country. And she urged warring MPs from all parties to remember that ‘compromise is not a dirty word’.
The dramatic move comes after Mrs May’s last-ditch effort to get her EU deal through the Commons backfired spectacularly. Tories were up in arms and the Cabinet mounted an open revolt after she offered MPs a vote on holding a second referendum and joining a temporary customs union with the EU.
The PM humiliatingly pulled her Withdrawal Agreement Bill – known as WAB – yesterday after seemingly accepting the inevitable.
Sir Graham had been charged by Tory backbenchers to enforce an exit date if she refused, with MPs threatening to change party rules to allow a no-confidence vote.
Last night the PM chose to stay at her constituency home in Berkshire mulling her exit strategy with her husband Philip, who was yesterday urged by Brexiteers to tell his wife her time is up.
Mrs May’s allies said that – barring a last-minute change of heart – she will announce plans this morning to step aside as Tory leader. She will stay as Prime Minister until a replacement is chosen by the party, which could be the end of July.
Mrs May is expected to make a short speeching explaining why she is leaving ‘the job I love’ before she has realised her ambition of leading Britain out of the European Union.
Mrs May is expected to try to delay the start of the Tory leadership race until the week beginning June 10, to allow her to host Donald Trump’s state visit without the indignity of her MPs voting on her successor at the same time.
Allies said she was due to discuss the final details of her departure with her husband Philip last night, before publicly making her intentions clear today.
This morning’s bombshell development, have further plunges the future of Brexit into doubt.