Teresa May to step down on June 7 as UK prime minister
Updated : May 24, 2019 02:54 PM IST
May set out a timetable for her departure: She will resign as Conservative Party leader on June 7 with a leadership contest in the following week.
May, once a reluctant supporter of EU membership, who won the top job in the turmoil that followed the 2016 Brexit vote, steps down with her central pledges - to lead the United Kingdom out of the bloc and heal its divisions - unfulfilled.
May's departure will deepen the Brexit crisis as a new leader is likely to want a more decisive split, raising the chances of a confrontation with the European Union and a snap parliamentary election.