Theresa May tearfully announced she will resign as Prime Minister on June 7 in a statement outside Downing Street today.
Mrs May said it was in the best interest of the country that a new Prime Minister lead the effort to get Brexit through parliament.
She said: “I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal.
“Sadly, I have not been able to do so. I tried three times.”
She has said she agreed with the party chairman and the 1922 committee that leadership elections should take place in the following week.
As Prime Minister, Mrs May faced the biggest loss in the history of Parliament when MPs said no to her Brexit the first time.
Mrs May was elected leader after candidate Andrea Leadsom dropped out of the race in 2016.
In the 2017 General Election, she clung on to the premiership after making a confidence and supply deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in exchange for £1.5 billion for Northern Ireland, giving her a majority of just two in the House of Commons.
Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has thrown his hat in the ring to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister, and it’s rumoured that Michael Gove Esther McVey are interested in the job.
Feature image from Sky News.