Theresa May announced this morning that she will resign as Conservative leader on 7 June. She will remain Prime Minister until a new leader is chosen by Tory members.
“She did her utmost”, writes Andrea Leadsom, who resigned from May’s cabinet on Wednesday
A very dignified speech by @theresa_may. An illustration of her total commitment to country and duty. She did her utmost, and I wish her all the very best
— Andrea Leadsom MP (@andrealeadsom) May 24, 2019
“The new Tory leader must let the people decide”, writes Jeremy Corbyn
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.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 24, 2019
“I know how painful it is to accept that your time is up”, writes May’s predecessor
Strong and brave speech by a Prime Minister driven by duty and service… she should be thanked for her tireless efforts on behalf of the country. Full statement below. pic.twitter.com/4XpEZIzrxh
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 24, 2019
“It’s time… to come together and deliver Brexit”, urges Boris Johnson
A very dignified statement from @theresa_may. Thank you for your stoical service to our country and the Conservative Party. It is now time to follow her urgings: to come together and deliver Brexit.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 24, 2019
Nicola Sturgeon makes her feelings known on the leadership contest
That Boris Johnson as PM is a serious proposition is proof that the Tories have taken leave of their senses. Nothing – apart from Brexit obvs – has done more to trash the UK’s global reputation in last three years than his risible tenure as Foreign Secretary https://t.co/M1jTDVBOGw
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) May 24, 2019
David Lammy reflects on May’s “doomed” premiership
Theresa May’s premiership was doomed from the moment she bound the country to the ERG’s impossible red lines.
Every PM who maintains the fantasy that we can leave the EU but keep the benefits is destined to fail – and sadly the next one may bring the country with them. https://t.co/6eZKBxXBHD
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) May 24, 2019
While Maya Goodfellow points to May’s legacy as home secretary
Got zero sympathy for Theresa May. She, along with the rest of the Conservative Party, have helped intensify anti-immigration politics. They’ve deported people, kept them indefinitely detained and through the hostile environment stopped them from being able to live a decent life
— Maya Goodfellow (@MayaGoodfellow) May 24, 2019
The resignation speech brought staff to tears
Inside No10 there were tears in the press office amongst staff and round of applause when TM walked back in the building.
— Sam Coates Times (@SamCoatesTimes) May 24, 2019
While elsewhere, Steve Bannon and George Galloway reportedly embraced at the news
“Theresa May has resigned” announced George Galloway. “Let me give you a hug,” Steve Bannon replied. I pulled a camera out just as they let go of tight embrace but here is the far right and far left very much on the same page in Almaty #Kazakhstan pic.twitter.com/96YNBmhv0X
— natalia antelava (@antelava) May 24, 2019
“Soft Brexit”, writes Paul Mason, “is dead”
May resigns 7 June. Soft Brexit is dead.
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) May 24, 2019