British PM Theresa May announces she will step down over Brexit crisis

Theresa May has announced she will step down as U.K. prime minister after failing to win support for her plan to withdraw from the European Union. Her decision to resign comes after months of chaos in Parliament and speculation that she was about to be forced out amid growing discontent within her ruling Conservative Party.

May’s departure means the race to become the new leader of the party, and therefore the prime minister, will begin soon — most likely after the state visit of President Donald Trump on June 3. In the British political system, the ruling party can change leaders without the need for a new general election. May will remain in the job until a successor is chosen

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