When will Theresa May step down as Prime Minister?

Theresa May resigns, Brexit remains unsolved - a flashback to her career

Prime Minister Theresa May is stepping down as head of the Conservative Party on June 7, 2019 and will also be relinquishing her post as Prime Minister as soon as the successor has been settled. A flashback to the career of the fighter who failed because of her vision of a regulated Brexit.

On Friday, May 24th, 2019, the British Prime Minister Theresa May in a red two-piece suit will step out of the door of her official residence at 10 Downing Street in London, walk purposefully to the lectern available and declare in an increasingly fragile voice that she will be due on Friday, May 7th June, to resign as head of the Conservative Party. "It has become clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to take over my role." She ends her brief statement with the admission that it has been a great honor for her to serve her country, which she loves.

The announcement of this resignation does not come as a surprise. In the past three years, Theresa May had practically only had to cope with one task in her function as Prime Minister: to manage Great Britain's exit from the EU. She didn't succeed, so she draws the consequences and leaves.

The now 62-year-old politician has made three attempts to bring Brexit over the stage. She negotiates a draft treaty with the EU and submits it to the British Parliament for a vote - but the MPs send the rules three times bachab. At the moment, it looks like the UK will have to leave the European Union by October 31, 2019.

On January 15, 2019, the British Parliament rejected the Brexit agreement for the first time. With 432 to 202 votes, the MPs clearly vote against Prime Minister May's deal. The second vote on the treaty package follows on March 12th - it also ends with another clear defeat for Theresa May (391 against 242 votes).

Theresa May loses the third and decisive Brexit vote on March 29, 2019; On that memorable Friday, the House of Commons again rejects the EU exit agreement - with 344 to 286 votes unmistakably clear.

Security and Terrorism Protection

Teresa May became the Conservative Party chairman in 2016 and subsequently assumed the post of Prime Minister. Before that, she made a name for herself as Minister of the Interior for six years (from 2010); She often takes pointed positions, especially when it comes to socially sensitive issues such as migration, the fight against terrorism and security. Now she seems to have reached the end of her career; she announces that she will not run in the parliamentary elections in 2022.

In March 2017 Theresa May signed the paper (see picture above) that will have a decisive impact on her future work: She signs her country's official request to leave the European Union. The modalities are regulated by Article 50 of the EU Treaty: "Each member state can decide to leave the Union in accordance with its constitutional requirements."

If a member state wishes to leave the Community, it submits a corresponding request to the European Council. Then the EU has to negotiate an agreement with the exit candidate on the details of this divorce, "taking into account the framework for future relations of this state with the Union", as the EU treaty says.

Theresa May's political decline begins on June 23, 2016. At that time, the British will vote on the question of whether they want to stay in the EU or want to leave. The result of the ballot is astonishing: The Brexit camp achieved around 1.3 million votes more than the EU friends, with 52 percent of the British in favor of leaving. The turnout is 72.2 percent.

From May 2010 Theresa May will be the British Home Secretary, as it is officially known. One of its first acts is the repeal of security decisions that stem from the previous Labor government. Conversely, she advocates allowing same-sex marriage. It also wants to make new efforts in the fight against terrorism; in 2014 it will submit a corresponding “Counter-Terrorism and Security Act” to parliament. Interior Minister May is also expanding the powers of the police in order to be able to act more effectively against masked violent demonstrators.

As early as March 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron, who was in a political tailspin, named a few names for his successor for the first time. Theresa May is among those named, as is her later adversary in the Brexit dossier, Boris Johnson, who is London's mayor at the time (2008 to 2016). Another candidate is Treasury Secretary George Osborne.

The era of the shadow cabinet

Before David Cameron becomes the new prime minister and can form his government, he serves in the so-called shadow cabinet. Theresa May belongs to this cabinet and in this way takes another step up the political career ladder. From 2002 to 2003 she held the office of Chairman (General Secretary) of the Conservative Party - the first woman ever.

Theresa May has served as Home Secretary for six years in the government of Prime Minister David Cameron. The picture below shows Cameron's cabinet in the garden of the seat of government on May 13, 2010.

Relatively little is made public about Theresa May's private life. Since 1980 she has been married to the bank manager Philip John May, whom she met while studying at Oxford. The couple have no children. Theresa May is also a member of the Church of England - and known for her fondness for flashy, high-heeled shoes that she herself wears on the political floor.

Theresa May has studied geography at the elite University of Oxford. After graduating, she worked briefly at the Bank of England, but soon made the leap into politics: In 1997 she was elected to the lower house for the first time and was re-elected five times: 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015 and finally 2017. Even as a twelve-year-old should Theresa May have expressed the desire to become a politician.

Theresa Mary May was born Theresa Mary Brasier on October 1, 1956 in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England. In contrast to many of her conservative party friends, the pastor's daughter went to a state school.

The wedding photo below shows the future Prime Minister Theresa May (born 1956) in September 1980 after the wedding with husband Philip John May (left, born 1957). Her mother, who is already suffering from multiple sclerosis, is sitting in a wheelchair. May's father died in a car accident in 1981, his mother in 1982.