Sussex MPs have been reacting to the news of Theresa May’s resignation as Prime Minister this morning (Friday, 24).

The PM fought back tears as she announced outside 10 Downing Street she will resign on Friday 7 June, following months of pressure.

Mrs May said she had done her best to give people what they had voted for in the Brexit referendum of 2016.

A number of MPs in Sussex have been paying tribute to the PM since her announcement.

Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd said Mrs May had “shown great courage”, while Nick Gibb, MP for Bognor and Littlehampton, praised her “steadfast sense of duty”.

Mid-Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames called the PM’s term in office “an impossibly difficult time”, while Chichester MP Gillian Keegan thanked the her for her service and “sense of duty”.

Nusrat Ghani, representing the Wealden constituency, described Mrs May’s speech as “emotional and dignified”.

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, said while the PM was “almost uniquely ill-equipped to be negotiator we needed, truth is she was given impossible job”.

Mrs May will stay on as PM until her party has chosen a new leader.