By Nick Baum
FRIDAY – 5/24/19
British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced her resignation outside of her Downing Street residence this Friday. In her emotional speech, she detailed her commitment to the United Kingdom and how she will continue it, as well as her hopes to continue the country’s departure from the European Union as best as possible. Many are saying that May resigned due to her failures in Brexit, after the deal has been struck down multiple times in Parliament.
Prime Minister May also gave the specifics in what she’s stepping down from. She will be stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party effective June 7, and will step down as Prime Minister when a successor is chosen. Theresa May has faced multiple no-confidence votes from her party, which is when a party votes amongst themselves on whether they trust the politician as leader of their party. The Conservative Party’s main opposition is the Labour Party, as well as the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party.
In her speech, May reaffirmed her love of politics and Great Britain, “I do so with no ill-will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.” In 2016, citizens in the United Kingdom barely succeeded in a referendum to have the UK opt out of the European Union alliance, for reasons both economic and sovereignty-based. Due to its failure in Parliament, however, as well as the Conservative Party’s shrinking minority, she eventually resigned, putting an end to her almost three-year term.
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