Mrs May will become the UK’s Prime Minister on Wednesday evening, after David Cameron announced he would quit after Prime Minister’s Questions.
In a brief statement outside No 10, Mr Cameron said, “I am delighted that we are not going to have a prolonged Conservative leadership election campaign. I think Andrea Leadsom has made absolutely the right decision to stand aside and it is clear that Theresa May has the overwhelming support of the Conservative Parliamentary Party.
“I am also delighted that Theresa May will be the next Prime Minister. She is strong, she is competent, she is more than able to provide the leadership that our country is going to need in the years ahead and she will have my full support.
“Obviously with these changes we now don’t need to have a prolonged period of transition, and so tomorrow I will chair my last Cabinet meeting. On Wednesday, I will attend the House of Commons for Prime Minister’s Questions and then after that I expect to go to the Palace and offer my resignation so we’ll have a new Prime Minister by Wednesday evening.”
David Cameron will do Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday and then head to Buckingham Palace and officially tender his resignation to the Queen and recommend she sends for Theresa May as his replacement. Mrs May will then go to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen and receive her invitation to form a government.
Theresa May should then be in place as UK Prime Minister by Wednesday evening – it is not yet clear when the Cameron family will move out of No 10.