Theresa May officially quits as prime minister

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Theresa May has officially resigned as prime minister of the UK.

May walked in to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace as Britain’s leader and left as MP of Maidenhead this afternoon.

She tendered her resignation as PM and first lord of the treasury before recommending Boris Johnson as her successor.

Buckingham Palace said: ‘This afternoon, in an Audience with The Queen, The Right Honourable Theresa May MP tendered her resignation as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. Her Majesty was graciously pleased to accept.’

May updated her Twitter bio to ‘former prime minister’ just minutes after driving away from the palace.

Boris, who had to dodge a human chain or protesters on his way, arrived at the palace  and the Queen is set to ask him to form a Government.

He is the the Queen’s 14th prime minister – her first was his idol Winston Churchill.

In her final speech as PM, May wished Boris ‘every success’ and thanked the British people for ‘putting your faith in me’.

The second female prime minister – after Margaret Thatcher – also used her farewell speech to send an inspirational message to young girls.

She said: ‘Every young girl who has seen a woman prime minister knows there is no limit to what they can achieve.’

It has been a busy day for May, who is due to take a much deserved holiday, as she used her final PMQs appearance to urge rival Jeremy Corbyn to quit.

May cried as she walked out of the House of Commons to standing ovation from MPs.

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