British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Friday that she plans to step down from her post by June 7th, a move that has been called for by opposing parties and her own in the months following the controversial Brexit vote.
Speaking in Downing Street, May said it had been “the honour of my life” to serve as Britain’s second female prime minister. Her voice breaking, she said she would leave “with no ill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love”.
The prime minister listed a series of what she said were her government’s achievements, including tackling the deficit, reducing unemployment and boosting funding for mental health.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) May 24, 2019
May’s failure to provide adequate leadership regarding the Brexit details ultimately led to her ineffectiveness as a party head.
Her fate was sealed after a 10-point “new Brexit deal”, announced in a speech on Tuesday, infuriated Tory backbenchers and many of her own cabinet – while falling flat with the Labour MPs it was meant to persuade.
The leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, resigned on Wednesday, rather than present the Brexit bill to parliament.
A string of other cabinet ministers had also expressed concerns, including Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt, Chris Grayling and David Mundell.
In particular, they rejected May’s promise to give MPs a vote on a second referendum as the Brexit bill passed through parliament, and implement the result – which they felt came too close to endorsing the idea.
The only tragedy surrounding Theresa May is that she is too stupid to tell the UK that Brexit is an irrational and ridiculous proposition that should never be implemented.
— Vincent Hanna (@BradyHeat) May 24, 2019
I hear people say they feel sorry for @theresa_may and moved by her tears. I don’t. Her tears were for herself, not for the victims of her Hostile environment and Windrush policies. I feel for the poor, sick & vulnerable whose lives she made worse. https://t.co/PGTdLHi3nx
— Philip J (@PhilipJ179) May 24, 2019
THE worst Home Secretary & Prime Minister in my lifetime – all rolled into one. A legacy of Knife Crime 🔪 the decimation of our Public Services and a complete Brexit shambles.
She Waves goodbye with blood on her hands. Good Riddence. #TheresaMay #CutsHaveConsequences
— Dave Stebbs (@StebsD) May 24, 2019
Exactly!!! This is the core issue that she has never understood. Like having a baby, you have to be fully pregnant – it is not a compromise situation, it is one thing or the other, and we voted to leave. #Brexit #TheresaMay https://t.co/IuLi7VmnFG
— Rey (@JustRey7) May 24, 2019
#TheresaMay cried when she talked about loving this country and it's the first thing she's said in public that i implicitly believe she's telling the truth on.
— Jamie (@CylonNumber7) May 24, 2019
Can’t help but me moved by the PMs voice breaking at the end of her speech. All politics aside, what a difficult job she had to do. Who knows, we may look back and be quite grateful when we see her replacement! #TheresaMay
— Adil Ray OBE (@adilray) May 24, 2019
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) May 24, 2019
The smell of denial hangs in the air of Downing Street along with a fantasy self evaluation of her Prime Ministerial legacy.
Little anecdote about compromise from woman who refused to listen or budge on anything.
Truly the worst Prime Minister this country has seen.#TheresaMay
— David Gillian (@davegillian) May 24, 2019
May’s replacement has yet to be voted on but many suspect her much more conservative, pro-Brexit counterpart Boris Johnson will get the job.
A very dignified statement from @theresa_may. Thank you for your stoical service to our country and the Conservative Party. It is now time to follow her urgings: to come together and deliver Brexit.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 24, 2019
Unsurprisingly the Twitter class weren’t much more excited about the possibility of a Prime Minister Johnson.
The only solace I can find in #BorisJohnson being PM is he is far too stupid to keep up the facade of competence. He shoots himself in the foot so often in the Wild West he'd have gone by the name of "Hop-A-Long Johnson, the Mendacious Cowboy" pic.twitter.com/GZoHnJYdfY
— Paul Mitchell (@GastonGrimsdyke) May 24, 2019
Here he is, the Poundland Donald Trump. Get in the sea!
— Dominic Barry (@Dibble75) May 24, 2019
I apologise for the language but he’s just such a manipulative hypocritical selfish unthinking racist narcissistic little shit of a Bargain Basement Trump snake… I’m outta words.
— ALIX WILTON REGAN (@AlixWiltonRegan) May 24, 2019
#BorisJohnson is a proven liar, cheat, shyster, charlatan, xenophobe, he was part of a leave campaign that has broken the law, in fact it's still under investigation by the Police, how he is allowed to stand for the greatest office in the land is repulsive, well he is a tory.
— Loz Argyle (@ArgyleLoz) May 16, 2019
I took this of a street in Bristol in early 2016.
A simpler time when this Dystopian nightmare seemed an absurd joke…
— My6percent (@My6Percent) May 16, 2019
The deadline for the Brexit departure is October 31.