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UK’s May says she’ll quit as Conservative leader June 7

Last Updated May 24, 2019 at 10:50 am PDT

Summary

Theresa May announced Friday that she will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader

May has admitted defeat in her attempt to take Britain out of the European Union

The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election

LONDON — Theresa May announced Friday that she will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader on June 7, admitting defeat in her attempt to take Britain out of the European Union and sparking a contest to become the country’s next prime minister.

She will stay as caretaker prime minister until the new leader is chosen, a process likely to take several weeks. The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election, and will take up the task of trying to secure Britain’s exit from the EU.