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Theresa May announces departure date

Theresa May

Published at 10:10am 24th May 2019. (Updated at 2:27pm 24th May 2019)

The Prime Minister will stand down as Conservative Party leader on 7th June 

  • Theresa May will step down on 7th June 
  • The Prime Minister made he announcement outside Number 10 this morning 
  • It was expected she would announce a departure date after Donald Trump's visit to the UK 

Theresa May will step down as Conservative Party leader, and therefore Prime Minister on 7th June.

Mrs May made the announcement outside Number 10 Downing Street this morning, saying she had done "everything she can" to try to deliver Brexit. 

Mrs May said she would stay on as Prime Minister while her party picks her replacement. 

The announcement followed a meeting with Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 committee of all Tory MPs. 

It means there will now be a Tory leadership race to determine the next Prime Minister. 

Potential candidates include Dominic Raab, Esther McVey, Sajid Javid and - most controversial of all - former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.

It was expected Theresa May would stay in office until around the 10th June, after Donald Trump's State Visit to the UK. 

The President of the United States will visit the UK between 3rd and 5th June.  

Watched by her husband Phillip, Theresa May fought back tears as she made the announcement, saying she was "grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the country" she loves.