Strong leadership is needed urgently to begin the work of withdrawing from the European Union. A line of week leadership campaign at such a critical moment for our country is highly undesirable. There is no greater privilege than to lead the conservative party and government and I would have been deeply honored to do it.
I have however, concluded that the interests of our country are best served by the immediate appointment of a strong and well-supported prime minister. I am therefore withdrawing from the leadership election. As I wish to Theresa May the very greatest success, I assure her of my full support.>> Here, here.