BREAKING: Theresa May has officially announced her resignation as British Prime Minister

Here’s what we know

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Here’s what we know

Theresa May made headline news today when she officially announced her resignation as British Prime Minister, revealing that she would be leaving on Friday 7 June.

'I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal … sadly I have not been able to do so,' she announced in a statement in front of 10 Downing Street, before breaking the news of her departure.

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Ever since Theresa May stepped into the role of Prime Minister following the divisive 2016 Brexit vote, it has been a turbulent ride. And over two years later, there are accusations of little progress made, with this Brexit appearing to be softer and slower than anyone could have predicted.

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There has been growing backlash against Theresa May's Brexit plan, and following Andrea Leadsom's resignation just days ago, claiming she 'couldn't support the Brexit party', there have been calls for Theresa May to step down as Prime Minister, with several cabinet ministers telling the BBC that the PM cannot stay in her post.

Following her resignation, there is speculation as to who will replace Theresa May as Prime Minister?

The most probable candidates are said to be Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid, Michael Gove, Amber Rudd and Jeremy Hunt.

We will continue to update this story.

Jenny Proudfoot
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Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.