2019 Review: May announces resignation
As we approach the end of the year, we have collected a selection of the most influential political events of 2019. In this article, we focus on Theresa May announcing her resignation.
On 27 March, Theresa May announced she was stepping down as the leader of the Conservative party.
In a statement outside Downing Street, May later described her “deep regret” that she was not able to deliver Brexit. She said that "It is now clear to me that it is in the best interest of the UK for a new prime minister to lead that effort."
The Conservative leadership contest was since won by now prime minister Boris Johnson.
Stating that she was “proud of the progress we have made over the last few years”, May said that her successor would “have to find a consensus” and that “consensus will only be possible if those on both sides of the debate ‘compromise.’”
Describing her time as prime minister, she said “Ever since I first stepped through the door behind me as PM, I have striven to make the UK work not just for a privileged few but for everyone and to honour the result of the referendum.”
May struck an optimistic tone for the future of her party: “I know that the Conservative party can renew itself in the years ahead. I know we can deliver Brexit.”
The prime minister formally stepped down from her role on July 23 and was succeeded by Boris Johnson.