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Britain's May says she will step down on June 7

British Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement, in London, Britain, May 24, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday she would step down on June 7, succumbing to calls in her governing Conservative Party to make way for a new leader to try to break an impasse over Britain’s departure from the European Union.

“It is now clear to me that it is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to lead that effort. So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party on Friday the 7th of June,” May said.

Reporting by Reuters London bureau, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by William James