Theresa May has announced she will step down as UK Prime Minister, after three bruising years that saw her fail to deliver Brexit.
May said Friday she would quit as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday, June 7.
Her announcement triggers the start of a contest to replace her as Conservative leader and Prime Minister.
May lists what she sees as some of her domestic achievements during her three years as Prime Minister, and reminds reporters that she was the second female UK prime minister — but not the last.
“Our politics may be under strain, but there is so much that is good about this country.” She adds that she is leaving with no ill will.
She says it has been the honour of her life to hold the post of prime minister, holding back tears and choking up at the end of her statement as she says she has served the country she loves.
She leaves the lectern and returns to Downing Street.