Theresa May promised to relinquish the leadership of the Conservative Party once Britain’s divorce from the European Union is seen through, MPs emerging from a packed parliamentary meeting said Wednesday.
But according to three MPs, May gave no date when she would step aside. At a private meeting of Tory MPs in parliament, the U.K. prime minister said she would not stay in place for the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, when Britain’s future relationship with the EU will be negotiated.
“I have heard very clearly the mood of the parliamentary party. 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,” she told her MPs, according to remarks briefed to journalists following the private meeting.
“I know some people are worried that if you vote for the Withdrawal Agreement, I will take that as a mandate to rush on into phase two without the debate we need to have. I won’t. I hear what you are saying. But we need to get the deal through and deliver Brexit.”
May pleaded with her colleagues to back the deal she negotiated with the EU in November that has been rejected twice by the House of Commons so they could complete what she called their “historic duty” to deliver on Brexit.
“I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party,” she said…..
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