Here are key dates for Theresa May, who steps down as Conservative Party leader on June 7 to make way for a new prime minister, amid Britain’s Brexit turmoil:
— October 1, 1956: She is born Theresa Brasier in Eastbourne on the southern English coast, the daughter of an Anglican vicar.
— 1974-1977: Studies at Oxford University, graduating in geography.
— 1977: Starts her career at the Bank of England as a financial analyst, later holding top advisory positions in the banking sector.
— 1980: Marries banker Philip May.
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— 1997: Elected a Conservative member of parliament for the wealthy London commuter seat of Maidenhead. Goes on to become the party’s spokeswoman in opposition on various portfolios.
— 2002-2003: Becomes the first woman to chair the Conservative Party.
— 2010-2016: She serves as home secretary, or interior minister, in the Conservative government of prime minister David Cameron.
— July 11, 2016: Becomes the new leader of the Conservative Party, replacing Cameron who resigns after Britons vote in a June referendum to leave the European Union.
— July 13, 2016: Takes over from Cameron as prime minister.
–– March 29, 2017: May formally triggers the two-year process of leaving the EU.
— June 8, 2017: In a snap election intended to strengthen her hand in negotiations over the terms of the Britain’s Brexit departure, May’s Conservatives lose their parliamentary majority.
— November 25, 2018: The other 27 EU member states approve the terms of May’s Brexit deal. However she fails to win the backing from her own parliament, which rejects it three times.
— May 24, 2019: Amid the Brexit stalemate, May announces her resignation.
— June 7, 2019: May to resign as leader of the Conservative Party.