Theresa May resignation: Tories to choose new prime minister by July – live news
Latest news as prime minister bows to pressure from Tory MPs and reveals she will step down as party leader on 7 June
- Full report: Theresa May announces her resignation
- Tory leadership race: the favourites to replace May
- Analysis: May never had a grip on the crown that fell into her lap
Some reaction from Wales.
Mark Drakeford, the Welsh First Minister, has issued this statement:
I have never doubted the Prime Minister’s sense of public service or her commitment to do her job, and I wish her well for the future. It is however, her red lines that have brought her to the end of the road and left us in a mess of her making.
A Conservative leadership contest is the last thing the country needs as we negotiate one of the biggest challenges and uncertainties our country has faced in decades. The prospect of achieving an orderly Brexit – one that protects our economy and people’s jobs – by the 31st October now seems even less likely. A change of leader will change nothing, we desperately need a change of approach to Brexit based on compromise and a will to heal the growing divisions in our country.
On the steps of Downing Street Theresa May spoke of compromise, but she simply wasn’t willing to do so herself. Sticking rigidly by her red lines, Mrs May ignored the interests of Wales and millions across the UK who felt alienated by her approach to Brexit, as summed up in her ‘No Deal is better than a bad deal’ catchphrase.
This may be the end of the Prime Minister, but the beginning of a new Brexit battle. Over the coming weeks we will see an anti-EU arms race amongst the Brexiteer wing of the Tory party. We cannot let the fantasy politics which led us to this chaos, define our future path.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, on his 50th birthday, describes May as “an unquestionably dutiful person”.
‘Nothing in office became her like the leaving it’ An unquestionably dutiful person left with dignity and the Conservatives must now get on and deliver Brexit.