UK Prime Minister Theresa May will officially step down as the leader of the Conservative Party on Friday, but will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen. She announced her resignation two weeks ago, saying it was a matter of deep regret that she had been unable to deliver Brexit.
Eleven Conservative MPs are vying to replace her as party leader and, ultimately, prime minister.
The winner of the contest is expected to be announced in the week of 22 July.
Mrs May remains acting party leader during the leadership election process.
Meanwhile, the Conservatives fell to third place in the Peterborough by-election, behind winners Labour and the Brexit Party in second place, in what is traditionally a Tory-Labour marginal seat.
Mrs May’s time as leader has been dominated by Brexit, with her party divided over the issue, and the failure to get her deal through Parliament.
The UK was originally meant to leave the European Union on 29 March but that was then pushed back to 12 April and eventually 31 October.
When Mrs May announced her resignation, she said it was time for a new prime minister to try to deliver Brexit.
Prime Minister Theresa May will use the remainder of time as Britain’s leader focussing on her domestic agenda, her spokeswoman said on Friday, when she will officially step down as head of the governing Conservative Party.
Theresa May will continue to work as prime minister until her party elects a new leader. She will exchange letters with the chairs of the 1922 Committee, which groups Conservative lawmakers, later on Friday, the spokeswoman said.
“For the remainder of her time in office, she will be building on the domestic agenda that she has put at the heart of her premiership,” Theresa May spokeswoman told reporters.