Ever since icefirst steps through the door behind me, as Prime Minister, I have striven tomake the United Kingdom a country that works not just for a privileged few, butfor everyone. And to honor the result of the EU referendum. Back in twothousand and sixteen, we gave the British people a choice against allpredictions. the British people voted to leave the European Union. I feel acertain today, as I did three years ago, that in a democracy, if you givepeople a choice, you have a duty to implement what they decide. I have done mybest to do that. I negotiated the terms of our exit and a new relationship withour closest neighbors that protects jobs, our security and our Union. I havedone everything I can to convince Mps to back that deal. Sadly, I have not beenable to do so. I tried three times. I believe it was right to persevere, evenwhen the odds against success seemed high, but it is now clear to me that is ifit is in the best interests of the country for a new prime minister to leadthat effort. So I am today announcing that I will resign as leader of theConservative and Unionist Party on Friday, the seventh of June, so that asuccessor can be chosen. I've agreed with the Party chairman and with thechairman of the one thousand nine hundred and ninety two committee that theprocess for electing a new leader should begin in the following week. I havekept Her Majesty the Queen fully informed of my intentions and I will continueto serve as her Prime Minister until the process has concluded. It is and willalways remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able todeliver breaks. It. It will be for my successor to seek a way forward thathonors the result of the referendum. To succeed, he or she will have to findconsensus in Parliament, where I have not. Such a consensus can only be reachedif those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise. For many years,the Great Humanitarian Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved the lives of hundreds ofchildren by arranging their evacuation from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakiathrough the Kindertransport, was my constituent in Maidenhead. At another timeof political controversy, a few years before his death, he took me to one sideat a local event and gave me a piece of advice. He said. Never forget thatcompromise is not a dirty word. Life depends on compromise. He was right. As westrive to find the compromises we need in our politics, whether to deliverbreaks it or to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland, we mustremember what brought us here. Because the referendum was not just a call toleave the EU but for profound change in our country, a call to make the UnitedKingdom a country that truly works for everyone. I am proud of the progress wehave made over the last three years. We have completed the work that DavidCameron and George Osborne started. The deficit is almost eliminated. Ournational debt is falling and we are bringing an end to austerity. My focus hasbeen on ensuring that the good jobs of the future will be created incommunities across the whole country, not just in London under the southeast.Through our modern industrial strategy. We have helped more people than everenjoy the security of a job. We are building more homes and helping first timebuyers onto the housing ladder, so young people can enjoy the opportunitiestheir parents did. And we are protecting the environment, eliminating plasticwaste, tackling climate change and improving air quality. This is what adecent, moderate and patriotic Conservative government on the common ground ofBritish politics can achieve, even as we tackle the biggest peacetime challengeany government has faced. I know that the Conservative Party can renew itselfin the years ahead, that we can deliver bracket and serve the British peoplewith policies inspired by our values. Security, freedom and opportunity, thosevalues have guided me throughout my career. But the unique privilege of thisoffice is to use this platform to give a voice to the voiceless, to fight theburning injustices that still scar our society. That is why I put properfunding for mental health at the heart of our NHS long term plan. It's why I'mending the postcode lottery for survivors of domestic abuse. It is why the racedisparity ordered and gender pay reporting are shining a light on inequality,so it has nowhere to hide. And it is why I set up the independent publicinquiry into the tragedy at Grenfall Tower to search for the truth. So nothinglike it can ever happen again. And so the people who lost their lives thatnight are never forgotten. Because this country is a union, not just a familyof four nations, but a union of people, all of us, whatever our backgrounds,the colour of our skin, or who we love, we stand together and together we havea great future. Our politics may be under strain, but there is so much that isgood about this country so much to be proud of so much to be optimistic about.I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold.The second female Prime minister, but certainly not the last. I do so with noill will, but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunityto serve the country, I love.