Theresa May has became Britain’s new prime minister, taking over from David Cameron with the task of negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU.
Theresa May has been officially sworn in as Britain’s new Prime Minister yesterday evening after meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace. She becomes Britain’s second female premier, following in the footsteps of fellow Tory, Margaret Thatcher. As is traditional for new Prime Ministers, she was also clapped in to Downing Street by staff and aides
Queen Elizabeth II invited May to form a government during a brief meeting at Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday 13th july,2016
It all took place less than an hour after Cameron tendered his resignation to the head of state, and recommend that May, his successor as leader of the Conservative Party, be entrusted with forming the next government.
In her first speech as Prime Minister, May pledged to forge a “bold, new, positive” role for Britain outside the EU, as she took office.
“Following the referendum, we face a time of great national change and I know because we are Great Britain, we will rise to the challenge,” she said outside the premier’s Downing Street office.
The former Conservative interior minister, 59, said after being appointed by Queen Elizabeth that she would champion social justice and carve out a bright new future for Britain after last month’s shock referendum vote to quit the EU.
Cameron stepped down after Britons rejected his entreaties to stay in the EU, a decision that has set back European efforts to forge greater unity and created huge uncertainty in Britain and across the 28-nation bloc.
May faced immediate pressure from EU leaders to serve formal notice of Britain’s withdrawal and set the clock ticking on a two-year countdown to its final departure.
In phone calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, May said she needed time.
Speaking outside Number 10 after being officially appointed, the new Prime Minister, 59, promised to build a better Britain that works for more than the “privileged few” as she arrived at her new Downing Street home.
“As we leave the European Union, we will forge a bold, new, positive role for ourselves in the world.”