Theresa May Leaves Downing Street as Prime Minister

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip waves from the steps of 10 Downing Street, London before leaving for Buckingham Palace where she will hand her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Boris Johnson will replace May as Prime Minister later Wednesday, following her resignation last month after Parliament repeatedly rejected the Brexit withdrawal agreement she struck with the European Union. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Theresa May left 10 Downing Street for the last time as prime minister with a warning to her successor that he must deliver an “exit from the European Union in a way that works for the whole United Kingdom”.

Ms May’s emotional departure speech before the famous black door of Number 10 was briefly interrupted by a shout of “Stop Brexit” from a heckler outside the iron gates.

She paused only briefly before saying: “I think the answer to that is ‘I think not’.”

The outgoing PM was flanked by husband Philip who joined her on her final journey to Buckingham Palace to tender her resignation to the Queen, a little over three years after her appointment.

After a private audience with Her Majesty lasting around half an hour, the pair left for their home in Ms May’s Berkshire seat of Maidenhead, where she stays on as constituency MP.

Mr May had watched from the public gallery of the House of Commons as his wife received a standing ovation from MPs after her final session of prime minister’s questions, before the pair ate lunch together in the sun-drenched garden of Number 10.

Liberal Democrats including new leader Jo Swinson joined Tories and the DUP in rising to their feet to applaud the PM after a marathon session of questions lasting more than an hour.

But Labour MPs remained firmly in their seats, and while a few clapped quietly, leader Jeremy Corbyn did not.

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Source: Independent