After facing criticism over Brexit, an emotional Theresa May is set to resign from her post as Prime Minister of United Kingdom. Ms May will quit as a leader of the Conservative Party on 7 June and a leadership contest will take place a week post that. She announced the news of her resignation today in a speech. She said, “It was an honour to be the second female prime minister but certainly not the last one”. As she said this her voice cracked. She also accepted that she regrets not being able to deliver Brexit.
“Ever since I first stepped at the door behind me as Prime Minister, I have striven to make United Kingdom a country that works not just for a privileged few but for everyone. And to honour the result of the EU referendum, back in 2016, we gave British people a choice. Against all predictions, the British people voted to leave the European Union. I feel as certain today as I felt three years ago that in a democracy, if you gave people a choice, you have a duty to implement what they decide. I have done my best to do that.” said Ms May in her speech.
She also held the office of Minister for Women and Equality along with being the Home Minister in 2010-12.
She also held the office of Minister for Women and Equality along with being the Home Minister in 2010-12. However, her holding the office of Minister of Women and Equality was criticised by some members of the LGTBQ community, because she had voted against lowering the age of consent and against greater adoption rights for homosexuals (2002), though she had supported civil relationships.
“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 for a new Prime Minister to lead that effort. So I am today announcing that I will resign the leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday June 7. It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.” she added.
At that time, May emphasised on the need of maintaining unity in the party instead of positions on leaving EU and said that she can help bringing ‘strong leadership’ and a ‘positive vision’ for the country.
The former British Prime Minister, David Cameron too resigned following the outcome of the European Union Membership Referendum where 52% people voted to leave the European Union. At that time, May emphasised on the need of maintaining unity in the party instead of positions on leaving EU and said that she can help bringing ‘strong leadership’ and a ‘positive vision’ for the country.
“But the unique privilege of this office is to use this platform to give a voice to the voiceless, to fight the burning injustices that still scar our society. That is why I put proper funding for mental health at the heart of our NHS-Long term plan. It is why I am ending the postcode lottery for the survivors of domestic abuse. Because this country is a union, not just a family of four nations, but a union of people, all of us. The second female prime minister but certainly not the last. I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude.” she ended her speech on an emotional tone.