British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday she will resign after several failed attempts to take the country out of the European Union.
Standing in front of the prime minister's official home on Friday, May said, I will shortly leave the job that has been the honor of my life to hold.
She added, It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.
May became prime minister after Britain voted in 2016 to leave the European Union (EU) in what became known as Brexit. For nearly three years, she was not able to get parliament to approve a Brexit deal. Britain now has until October 31 to secure an agreement to leave the EU.
May will resign as Conservative Party leader on June 7. Her resignation will lead to a party leadership election. A number of people have expressed an interest in leading the Conservatives. High-level party leaders are to meet the following week.
Some conservative lawmakers have looked at May as a barrier to Brexit. However, her replacement will face the same parliament, which remains deeply divided over whether to leave the EU.
Boris Johnson, a supporter of Brexit, is the leading candidate to succeed May as party leader and prime minister. Johnson resigned last year as May's foreign secretary after disagreement over the terms of Brexit.
Johnson wrote on Twitter, Thank you for your stoical service to our country and the Conservative Party. It is now time to follow her urgings: to come together and deliver Brexit.
Another possible successor is Andrea Leadsom. Her recent resignation as the leader of the House of Commons led to May's latest political crisis. Leadsom praised May's commitment to country and duty. Leadsom added, She did her utmost, and I wish her all the very best.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called May a woman of courage for whom he has great respect.
Also on Friday, the spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that the EU will continue to work closely with Britain's next leader for "an orderly exit."
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1. resign vi. 辞职
He resigned as manager after eight years.
2. in front of 在……前面
He stands in front of me .
周五，站在首相官邸前的她表示，我不久后就将离职 。能担任这一职位，是我毕生的荣耀 。
特雷莎成为首相是在英国2016年公投决定脱离欧洲——脱欧之后 。在将近3年的时间里，特雷莎没能说服议会同意任何一项脱欧协议 。英国现在在10月31日之前必须敲定一份脱欧协议 。
6月7日，特雷莎将作为保守党领袖离任 。她离任后，将举行保守党的领袖选举 。很多人都表示自己有意向领导保守党 。一些高层保守党领袖将于下周会晤 。
一些保守党议员认为特雷莎是脱欧的障碍 。不过，即便替换掉特雷莎，议会还是同一个议会，这个议会还是会在脱欧问题上有巨大的分歧 。
鲍里斯·约翰逊支持脱欧，他是领跑的一位候选人，有希望替代特雷莎成为保守派领袖及首相 。约翰逊去年辞去了特雷莎任期下的外长职位，因为二人在脱欧问题上有分歧 。
约翰逊在推特上写道，感谢你对我们国家和保守党坚忍的付出 。现在是时候听从她的敦促了：团结起来，实现脱欧 。
另一位有力候选人是利德索姆 。最近，她辞职自己在下议院领导人的职务一举导致特雷莎陷入政治危机 。利德索姆赞扬了特雷莎对英国和责任的风险 。利德索姆补充表示，她尽了全力，我希望她一切都好 。
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