THERESA May told her staff “I’m sorry” moments after her tearful resignation in Downing Street on Friday morning, it has been reported.
The Prime Minister had reportedly been annoyed by previous “sexist and inaccurate” claims she wept during recent cabinet meetings about her future.
AFP or licensors Theresa May apologised to her staff after shedding tears during her resignation speech on Friday, it has been claimed
But when she broke down in front of nation while declaring her intention to quit, after failing to lead the UK out of the EU, she apologised to her aides, the Daily Mail reports.
The beleaguered PM was met with applause when she came through the famous black door of Number 10, the reports says.
One of her staff members told her: “It’s not you who should be apologising, Prime Minister,” it has been claimed.
Her allies within the government are reportedly furious with the way Brexiteers within the party have conspired to force her out.
One source said: “I hope the people who had a hand in it are feeling guilty. They have made a huge miscalculation.”
Mrs May, who became PM in the aftermath of the historic referendum result in 2016, paid tribute to her husband Philip and her chief-of-staff Gavin Barwell.
While telling aides how much the job had meant to her, members of her team began to shed tears.
One staffer said: “It was a bit emotional but it was a nice moment.”
The PM was forced to resign after she failed to deliver Brexit and lost the support of her own MPs – but will continue in office as a lame duck until July.
Shortly after meeting Tory “executioner” Sir Graham Brady, she addressed the nation in the spring sunshine of Downing Street – watched by her adoring husband – and admitted her time is up.
The PM confessed she now has no chance of ever getting her Brexit deal through Parliament but insisted “I have done my best” to deliver on the referendum result.
She said: “Ever since I first stepped through the door behind me as Prime Minister, I have striven to make the United Kingdom a country that works not just for a privileged few, but for everyone. And to honour the result of the EU referendum.
“If you give people a choice you have a duty to implement what they decide. I have done my best to do that.
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“Sadly I have not been able to do so. I tried three times – I believe it was right to persevere even when the odds against success seemed high.”
Her voice cracking, she attempted to defend her legacy and insisted she has helped to fix Britain’s “burning injustices”.
Mrs May concluded: “I will shortly leave the job it has been the honour of my life to hold – the second female Prime Minister, but certainly not the last.
“I do so with no ill will but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love.”
After her speech, the PM and Philip May drove off to spend the Bank Holiday weekend at their home in Sonning, Berkshire.
Theresa May confirms she is standing down as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday 7th June
Reuters The PM broke down with emotion as she announced her resignation
Dan Charity – The Sun Mrs May could barely complete her speech on the steps of Downing Street
PA:Press Association Mrs May walking back into No10 after resigning
AFP or licensors Philip May watching on as his wife speaks
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