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Cameron Steps Down; Theresa May Becomes Britain's Prime Minister

Theresa May emerged from Buckingham Palace as Britain's second female prime minister, after paying the traditional visit to the Queen to be invited to form a government.

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Updated:July 13, 2016, 11:40 PM IST
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Cameron Steps Down; Theresa May Becomes Britain's Prime Minister
Outgoing UK PM David Cameron (L) and his successor Theresa May.
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  • Queen invites May to form a government and become UK’s second female PM
  • May took over after David Cameron tenders resignation

Theresa May became Britain's second woman prime minister after Margaret Thatcher as the tough-talking leader took charge on Wednesday with a heavy workload already waiting in her in-tray after the Brexit vote.

Theresa May emerged from Buckingham Palace as Britain's second female prime minister, after paying the traditional visit to the Queen to be invited to form a government.

Cameron, who stepped down after the electorate rejected his pleas to vote to remain in the European Union in June's referendum, had earlier congratulated May as he left 10 Downing Street for the last time with his wife and children.

Addressing the waiting media outside No 10 before heading to Buckingham Palace to formally resign, Cameron sought to paint a positive picture of his time in office, despite it ending suddenly after the EU referendum result.

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The 59-year-old Conservative party leader, May's first task will be to put in place a frontline team that can help her through the challenges of negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union, having promised that "Brexit means Brexit".

Britain's second-ever female Prime Minister since Thatcher's term in 1979-1990 is widely expected to champion the cause of women in politics and a series of female Tory MPs are set for prominent roles in her Cabinet.

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