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Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street on May 24, 2019, in London. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Brexit bust

Prime Minister Theresa May to step down after failing to deliver on Brexit

By WITW Staff on May 24, 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to step down on Friday after failing to get her Brexit plan through Parliament. Speaking to reporters while standing in front of 10 Downing Street, she said it had been the honor of her life to serve as the country’s “second female prime minister, but certainly not the last.”

The visibly emotional May said, “I feel as certain today as I did three years ago that in a democracy, if you give people a choice, you have a duty to implement what they decide. I have done my best to do that. I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal. Sadly, I have not been able to do so.”

Despite her political failures and repeated sexist criticism, May won respect for surviving repeated attempts to usurp her leadership and continuing to try to deliver a Brexit deal. But after her latest attempt to persuade members of Parliament to pass her plan foundered, she said that it was in the “best interests of the country” for a new prime minister to take the helm.

Watch video of May speaking with Tina Brown about power clothes at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in London below.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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