Theresa May has fought back tears as she announced she will resign on 7 June, following months of pressure.

Mrs May said she had done my best to give people what they had voted for in the Brexit referendum of 2016.

She added: It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort.

So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday the 7th of June.

She added: I believe it was right to persevere even when the odds against success seemed high.

It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.

Fighting back tears, she said she was leaving the job with no ill will, adding that she was the second female prime minister but certainly not the last.

It comes after a showdown this morning with Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 committee of all Tory MPs.

It also marks the end of a frenzied week for Mrs May, after more MPs came out to demand her immediate resignation and a senior cabinet minister quit, sending shockwaves through the government.

Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom said she could not support the revamped Withdrawal Agreement Bill because it did not respect the referendum result.

The prime minister’s compromise bid, which includes votes on a type of customs union and another EU referendum, enraged many in her party.

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