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Why I quit – Theresa May

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British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has given reasons for her resignation as the Prime Minister of Britain.

Theresa May, in an emotional speech on Friday, gave details of how hard she had tried to bring Brexit into reality without success, and said it was deeply regrettable that, despite her best efforts, she could not deliver Brexit to her country.

Mrs. May said she failed to get the needed support for the Brexit deal she negotiated with European Union and she believed it was in the best interest of the country for a new leader to lead the way.

Mrs. May is due to quit in June 7 and she had told her party – the Conservative and Unionist party – to begin the process that will lead to the emergence of a new leader.

May said her successor must be able to build consensus in the Parliament, if Brexit must be delivered to the country, a task that requires compromise, according to May.

May said, “such a consensus can only be reached if those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise.”

There have been reactions to her resignation. One of such is from Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party.

He said:

“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.

Whoever becomes the new Tory leader must let the people decide our country’s future, through an immediate General Election.”

On the other hand, a member of May’s Party, who has indicated interest in her job, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has showered encomiums on her.

“I want to pay tribute to the PM today. Delivering Brexit was always going to be a huge task, but one she met every day with courage & resolve. NHS will have an extra £20bn thanks to her support, and she leaves the country safer and more secure. A true public servant”, Jeremy Hunt said.