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David Mundell reacts to Theresa May's resignation

Theresa May was visibly emotional as she announced her resignation Credit: PA

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said "nobody could have worked harder" as Theresa May announced her resignation.

The Prime Minister declared she will step down as Conservative leader on June 7 after failing to deliver her Brexit deal.

In a speech outside Downing Street, she talked about her plan to resign after facing increasing calls from within her own party and the opposition benches to do so.

I have striven to make the UK a country that works not just for a privileged few but for everyone and to honour the result of the EU referendum."

– Prime Minister, Theresa May
Scottish Secretary David Mundell Credit: PA

In a statement released shortly after he resignation, Scottish Secretary David Mundell said:

I am very sorry it has come to this. Nobody could have worked harder, or shown a greater sense of public duty, in delivering the result of the EU referendum than Theresa May.

She has my utmost respect for those endeavours, in the most challenging of circumstances, as well as her unswerving commitment to the Union.

As Mrs May herself acknowledges, she has, however unfairly, become an impediment to the resolution of Brexit, and was no longer being given a hearing by Parliament.

Yesterday’s elections will surely show that delivering Brexit is now more urgent than ever, and that will fall to a new Prime Minister. It's time to get on with the process of appointing one."

– Scottish Secretary David Mundell

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As she concluded her speech, which was broadcasted live, the Conservative leader appeared to become tearful.

Tory MP's are expected to announce their leadership bids within the next few days.