United Kingdom head of government Theresa May has announced that she will quit as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7 and subsequently step down as prime minister (PM), according to a CNN report.
“… I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday 7 June so that a successor can be chosen. I have agreed with the Party Chairman and with the Chairman of the 1922 Committee that the process for electing a new leader should begin in the following week.
May, in a statement, said her aim throughout her tenure as prime minister was to make the U.K. a country that works for the many, not the few, and also to deliver Brexit.
The British PM was unable on separate occasions to broker a Brexit deal.
Confederation of British Industry Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn noted that May’s exit should be viewed as an opportunity for the country to reassess its circumstances.
“Business and the country need honesty. [The] nation must be put ahead of party, prosperity ahead of politics. Compromise and consensus must refind their voice in Parliament. We call on politicians from all parties, on all those ambitious to lead, to take this chance for a fresh start.”
Early last month, the European Union’s Special Council granted the United Kingdom a “flexible” extension to part ways from the bloc, until October 31, after French President Emmanuel Macron opposed efforts to give the country an entire year.