Mayday in the U.K.

Prime Minister resigns as Brexit tumult looms

British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned last Friday, punctuating a difficult tenure of almost three years. May’s time in office was marked by constant opposition to her stance on—and attempts to prevent—Britain’s impending exit from the European Union. The 62 year-old Parliament veteran was met with vehement backlash from almost the minute she took the position in 2016 during a period of discord after David Cameron’s ousting; an effort reinforced of late by Parliamentary figures demanding her removal. It was a relationship perhaps best encapsulated in May’s handling of what many called her “extraordinary” speech at the 2017 Conservative Party conference, during which she dealt with steady heckling:

Mrs. May’s official resignation will take effect June 7. As part of her announcement Friday, she also stated that she would remain in office as prime minister until a successor is chosen after the Conservative Party elects a new leader in July 2019. The decision to resign had essentially been agreed to in principle over the past few months as a result of negotiations regarding discontent with Brexit.

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