David Cameron will resign as prime minister on Wednesday after six years at Number 10. The Conservative leader announced he would step down after the country voted to leave the European Union at last month's referendum. Home secretary Theresa May will become Tory leader and prime minister.

IBTimes UK has all the news and reaction from another momentous day in Westminster as:

  • David Cameron arrives at Buckingham Palace to tender resignation to the Queen
  • Makes speech outside Number 10 saying being PM was the "greatest honour" of his life
  • PM holds final PMQs telling MPs:"I was the future once"
  • House of Commons applauds Cameron's final appearance at PMQs
  • Theresa May waits in the wings to become new Tory leader and PM
  • Labour's Owen Smith to announce he is running as party leadership candidate

For further coverage of British politics and May's term as prime minister visit IBTimes UK.


Delivery of champagne for the new PM to celebrate?


Among the protesters at Downing Street where May delievered her first speech as PM are these pro-Brexiters urging her to trigger Artcle 50 immediately, beginning Britain's process of leaving the EU.


Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has reacted to May becoming Britain's prime minister.

"I congratulate Theresa May on becoming Prime Minister. To serve our country in this role is a privilege and an honour," he said in a statement.

"These are challenging times for Britain. The decision to leave the European Union has created enormous economic uncertainty and insecurity. The priority for the new Prime Minister must be to ensure the country is best placed to deal with the challenges ahead.

"We've today had warm words from our new Prime Minister about the need to stand up for more than a 'privileged few'. The sentiments are good ones but just like her predecessor the rhetoric is much better than the reality. The truth is Theresa May has been at the heart of the Tory Government for the last six years and is tied to its record. It's a record of failing to stand up to for working people and backing policies that are putting vital public services like the NHS at risk.

"The Labour Party will continue to hold this failing Government to account and push for a fairer alternative – that is what the country deserves."


Here May's first speech as Prime Minister in full.


Theresa May will take congratulation calls from world leaders before starting her new role.


Aftter posing for photographs on the steps of 10 Downing Street with her husband, Philip, May heads inside, where she will meet staff.


As prime minister, Theresa May says she will prioritise "not the mighty nor the wealthy nor the privileged" but working people and will do everything she can to help people to get on in life."


"As we leave the European Union, we will forge a new role in the world for Britain," says May.



Theresa May has begun her first speech as Prime Minister at Downing Street talking about social justice.

" The government I lead will not be lead by the interests of the priveleged few, but by yours," she said.


EU Commission President has tweeted his congratulations to May after she became Prime Minister.


Theresa May has left Buckingham Palace on her way to Downing Street where she will address the nation for the first time since she became prime minister.

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Theresa May has left Buckingham Palace