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North East Derbyshire's Tory MP Lee Rowley reacts to Theresa May's resignation

Lee Rowley (Left) visits Clay Cross with Theresa May (Centre-right) in 2017

North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley has told Peak FM he's sad to see Theresa may announce she's standing down on 7th June, but believes it has been coming for a while

During a speech in Downing street Mrs. May fought back the tears while making the announcement:  "I believe it was right to persevere even when the odds against success seemed high," 

But she acknowledged her failure, saying: "It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit."

Lee Rowley has been critical of Mrs. May's withdrawal agreement in previous months. Reacting to the news, he said: "It's sad on a personal level and I thank the prime minister for her service and the work she has done. There's no doubt that she's tried very hard over the past few months and years.

"Unfortunately it hasn't been successful and I think with regret this is the right thing to do, we need to move on and find a different way.

He added: "We've been going around in circles for a number of months now and if you want to get out of going round in circles you've got to change something. Most of us wanted the policy changing but the Prime Minister for her own reasons didn't feel like she could change the policy. So unfortunately we've had to get to this point."

Elsewhere, business leaders in our region are calling for a swift leadership election in order to provide certainty for firms in our area.

Responding to the Prime Minister’s resignation, Scott Knowles, Chamber Chief Executive, said: “For the past three years businesses have had to deal with uncertainty surrounding the country’s exit from the European Union. It is essential that the forthcoming leadership campaign within the Conservative party be swift and followed urgently by a clear plan to break the impasse.

“The Chamber thanks Theresa May for her decades of public service. It is essential now that businesses see real progress on Brexit and a renewed focus on creating an exciting, outward facing economy that encourages investment, creates jobs and supports prosperous communities.”

 

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