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”.
The Prime Minister has shown great courage.
She is a public servant who did all she could to bring Brexit to a resolution.
Her sense of duty is something everyone should admire and aspire to.
— Amber Rudd MP (@AmberRuddHR) May 24, 2019
As Prime Minister, Theresa May never, not once, put her own interests before those of the country. Her steadfast sense of duty drove her decision making. Responsibility for failing to deliver Brexit lies with others, not with her.
— Nick Gibb (@NickGibbUK) May 24, 2019
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”.
“She nothing common did or mean “A moving and dignified Statement at a solemn moment by a brave Prime Minister at the end of an impossibly difficult time #noonecouldhavetriedharderordonemore
— Nicholas Soames (@NSoames) May 24, 2019
Thank you @theresa_may for your public service and sense of duty to try and guide our country through a difficult political challenge in a hung parliament. You led an economic recovery which has enabled us to ensure record funding and a long term plan for the NHS #publicservice
— Gillian Keegan (@GillianKeegan) May 24, 2019
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.