Despite enduring a tricky run as Prime Minister over the last few months, Theresa May has defiantly maintained that she is determined to remain in politics “for the long-term”.
The current Conservative leader and Prime Minister has had a rocky beginning to her time as leader of the United Kingdom, after her call for a general election in June lead to catastrophic failure, as her party failed to win a majority.
As such, rumours have also been circulating that the PM plans to step down from her position the day after the Brexit deal with the European Union is sealed in 2019.
But Theresa has finally responded to the rumours, and confirmed that she certainly won’t be seeking an early exit from her seat as PM, and is even planning for a re-election in 2022.
Speaking at an event in Tokyo, where she is currently undertaking a visit, she was asked if she intends to take part in the next election.
And Theresa defiantly replied, “Yes. There’s been an awful lot of speculation about my future which has no basis whatsoever.
Continuing to say that she’s determined to work for the country even past Brexit, she admitted, “I’m in this for the long term. There’s a real job to be done in the United Kingdom. It’s about getting the Brexit deal right, it’s about building that deep and special partnership with the European Union, but it’s also about building global Britain, trading around the world.”
(Theresa May with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The PM is currently on a visit to Japan, where she spoke about her future in politics)
“Yes, dealing with injustices that remain inside the United Kingdom, but also going out around the world ensuring that we can do those trade deals which bring prosperity to our economy and bring jobs to the United Kingdom.”
And when asked outright if she’d be stepping down from her role before the next general election, she responded, “I’m not a quitter.”
Since winning the election in June by a smaller number than anticipated, Theresa May has since been forced to form a coalition government with the DUP.
Since then, she’s been clear on her intention to carry the UK through it’s tumultuous Brexit deal with the countries of the European Union, despite backlash from her fellow Conservative MPs. In July, it was rumoured that Theresa May had lost the support of many of her cabinet ministers.
But the PM stayed firm, insisting that she would continue to serve the party for as long as they wanted her to.
During the rest of Theresa’s time in Tokyo, she will attend a series of events and meetings, including the meeting of the Japanese National Security Council, after a press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.