By Chukwudi Nwabuko
Betraying emotions, Theresa May bowed to pressure today and quit as UK Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party.
In a tearful voice Mrs May declared “I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold. The second female prime minister but certainly not the last. I do so with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love”.
Standing outside 10 Downing Street, Mrs May announced she will resign formally as leader of Conservative and Unionist Party on June 7 and leave as Prime Minister when her successor is chosen.
Mrs May said she had “done my best” to get her withdrawal agreement through parliament and to give Britons what they had voted for in the Brexit referendum of 2016.
“I believe it was right to persevere even when the odds against success seemed high,” she said.
Acknowledging her failure, she said “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit”, adding it is now clear to me that it is in the best interest of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort.
“So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday 7 June.”
With tears welling in her eyes, the outgoing PM said she was leaving the job “with no ill will”, stressing that she was the ‘second female prime minister but certainly not the last.’
May described as “the honour of my life”, the opportunity she had to serve “the country that I love”.
Her announcement which was anticipated came after an early morning meeting with the Chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory Backbenchers, Sir Graham Brady.