Theresa May to resign as UK prime minister

Fri 24 May 2019 09:41 GMT | 13:41 Local Time

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Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister, BBC reports.

In an emotional statement in Downing Street, Mrs May said she had "done my best" to honour the 2016 EU referendum result.

It would remain a matter of "deep regret" that she had been unable to deliver Brexit, she added.

But a new PM was "in the best interests of the country".

Mrs May said she will continue to serve as prime minister while a Conservative leadership contest takes place.

She will step down as Tory leader on 7 June and a leadership contest is due to begin the following week.

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