British PM to resign Wednesday

David Cameron set to resign Wednesday, paving way for UK's second female Prime Minister.

David Rosenberg ,

David Cameron
David Cameron
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British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Monday that he would be stepping down from power this Wednesday, handing over power to the Conservative party's new chief, Home Secretary Theresa May.

May was quickly approved by the party's leadership committee on Monday, after her sole competitor, Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom removed herself from consideration.

After May received the formal backing of the party, outgoing party leader and Prime Minister Cameron said he would leave office on Wednesday, handing over power to May.

May will become the second female Prime Minister in Britain's history, following Margaret Thatcher, who held the office from 1979 to 1990.

A veteran member of the Conservative party, May has served in the British Parliament since 1997, and is the longest serving Home Secretary since James Chuter Ede, who held the office for just three weeks longer than May, from 1945 to 1951.

Like her predecessor, May campaigned against Brexit and in favor of remaining in the European Union. She insisted, however, that the results be respected and no attempts made to annul them.

"There must be no attempts to remain inside the EU," she said. "Brexit means Brexit".

Implementing the Brexit will be one of May's first responsibilities as Prime Minister.

Brussels has indicated it is hoping for a quick separation from the UK.

Despite her support for Britain's remaining in the EU, May has advocated greater immigration control and a reduction in the number of new immigrants allowed into the UK.