13 Jul 2016

Theresa May becomes Britain's new prime minister

Theresa May has become Britain's new prime minister Wednesday after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

May, the former home secretary, is Britain’s second female prime minister after Margaret Thatcher, who ran the country between 1979 and 1990. She is expected to announce members of her cabinet Wednesday evening.

In a speech outside 10 Downing St., May said she followed in the footsteps of "a great modern prime minister."
"David Cameron has led a one nation government and it is in that spirit that I also plan to lead," she said.
She said her party believed in the "precious, precious bond" between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
"It means we believe in a union not just between the nations of the United Kingdom but between all of our citizens — every one of us — whoever we are and wherever we’re from," she said.

"As we leave the European Union we will forge a bold new positive role for ourselves in the world and we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few but for every one of us."

"Together we will build a better Britain," she said before entering the building with her husband Philip.

David Cameron said shortly before resigning Wednesday that serving as prime minister for six years was "the greatest honor of my life" in his last speech outside 10 Downing St.

Standing with his wife Samantha and their three children, Cameron spoke of a legacy that includes legalizing same-sex marriage, investing in the National Health Service and giving aid to the poorest people and countries in the world.

He thanked his children Nancy, Elwen and Florence, his wife, and all who supported him.
"It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve our country as prime minister over these last six years, and to serve as leader of my party for almost eleven years," he said. "And as we leave for the last time, my only wish is continued success for this great country that I love so very much."
Cameron then headed to Buckingham Palace to formally give his resignation as prime minister to Queen Elizabeth II. "Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept," the resignation, a spokesman for the queen said in a statement.

Earlier Wednesday, Cameron took questions from members of Parliament at the House of Commons, which ended in a standing ovation from lawmakers.
“I will miss the roar of the crowd. I will miss the barbs of the opposition,” Cameron said. He announced his resignation after Britain voted to leave the 28-member European Union in the June 23 referendum. He had campaigned to remain in the EU.
May was greeted with a huge cheer as she entered the House of Commons for prime minister's questions."This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others, other than one meeting this afternoon with Her Majesty, the queen, the diary for the rest of my day is remarkably light," Cameron said, to laughter from lawmakers.
May, 59, who was elected the leader of the ruling Conservative Party on Monday became the sole candidate for the role of prime minister when her rival, Andrea Leadsom, pulled out of the leadership race.
"I came into Downing Street to confront our problems as a country and lead people through difficult decisions so that together we could reach better times,” Cameron told the Telegraph in an article published Wednesday.

He added: "As I leave today, I hope that people will see a stronger country, a thriving economy and more chances to get on in life.”
Cameron, 49, is the youngest prime minister to leave office since the Earl of Rosebery in 1895.




Credit: USA Today

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