British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Wednesday she will step down as prime minister if her twice-defeated Brexit deal is finally passed in parliament. Marking a last-ditch effort to persuade Conservative lawmakers to back her.
PM Theresa May told the influential backbench 1922 committee in a closed-door meeting that she is prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to secure a smooth and orderly Brexit.
I have heard very clearly the mood of the parliamentary party. she said, according to Reuters. I know there is a desire for a new approach and new leadership in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations and I won’t stand in the way of that.
Conservative lawmaker James Cartlidge told news reporters on Wednesday as he left the closed-door meeting that May said, she would not remain in post for the next phase of the negotiations.
Theresa May’s office also confirmed the news.
I ask everyone in this room to back the deal so we can complete our historic duty to deliver on the decision of the British people and leave the European Union with a smooth and orderly exit. May said in the meeting, according to extracts released by her office.
In recent days, the prime minister has faced increased calls for her to step down so that another leader can take over the next stage of Brexit negations. By leaving sooner, she increases the chances of her European Union divorce deal passing before the new April 12 deadline.
PM Theresa May’s announcement is the latest dramatic turn in Britain’s three-year Brexit crisis, which still remains uncertain how, when or even if it will leave the European Union. The government is now expected to bring the deal back to parliament for a third vote on Friday.
It was inevitable and I just feel she’s made the right decision. She has actually read the mood of the party, which was a surprise, said Conservative lawmaker Pauline Latham, according to Reuters.