After three years as prime minister of Britain, Theresa May will be stepping down on June 7, 2019. With more than 20 years as a public servant in the UK, she was elected to the office of prime minister on July 13, 2016, replacing David Cameron.
May stated that she had done her best to deliver Brexit and regretted that she would be unable to do so.
She will still be in office when President Donald J. Trump visits in early June 2019.
Among the highlights of May’s tenure as prime minister:
Upon election, May made drastic changes to her Cabinet, replacing nine ministers from former Prime Minister David Cameron. These changes were the most sweeping in decades, and were described as a “brutal call” by the Daily Telegraph.
May delayed the final approval of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, in Somerset, Southwest England due to concerns of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) involvement in that and other sensitive projects. May’s political adviser Nick Timothy wrote an article in 2015, in which Timothy argued that the British government was “selling our national security to China” and buying the government’s silence on the CCP’s human rights abuses.
She was the first foreign leader to meet with President-elect Trump, just after his election in January 2017.
In 2017, May accused Russia of “threatening the international order, and seeking to weaponize information” and May also promised to confront the CCP on human rights.
Reactions to the announcement were all positive, including Labor leader Jeremy Corbin saying the decision to resign was right.