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NEW LEADER TO BE ELECTED IN JULY

British PM May set to step down amid Brexit crisis

LONDON, May 24, 2019

British Premier Theresa May has said she will quit as conservative leader on June 7, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. This sudden decision draws her turbulent three-year premiership to an abrupt end.
 
In an emotional statement, she said she had done her best to deliver Brexit and it was a matter of "deep regret" that she had been unable to do so, reported BBC.
 
May said she would continue to serve as PM while a Conservative leadership contest takes place.
 
The party said it hoped a new leader could be in place by the end of July.
 
On Friday, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt became the latest MP to say that he would run for the party leadership, joining Boris Johnson, Esther McVey and Rory Stewart, who had already confirmed their intentions. 
 
More than a dozen others are believed to be seriously considering entering the contest, said the report.
 
In her statement, May said she had done "everything I can" to convince MPs to support the withdrawal deal she had negotiated with the European Union but it was now in the "best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort".
 
In order to deliver Brexit, her successor would have to build agreement in Parliament, said the BBC  report.
 
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said she had been "right to resign" and that the Conservative Party was now "disintegrating".
 
"Theresa May is right to resign. She's now accepted what the country's known for months: she can't govern, and nor can her divided and disintegrating party," he added.



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