The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has promised Conservative MPs she will quit –if they back her Brexit deal. She said she would make way for someone else to lead the next phase of negotiations with the European Union. The move has led to more party rebels saying they’re now ready to support her withdrawal agreement, although the Democratic Unionist Party, who provide crucial support to Mrs May’s government, say they still won’t back it.
MPs also voted to extend Article 50 to the 12th April, giving the UK two more weeks to secure a deal.
However none of the MPs’ eight proposed options for Brexit, which were voted on in the House of Commons, secured a clear majority leaving the path ahead unclear.
Theresa May tells Conservative MPs she will not remain as UK PM for the next phase of #Brexit negotiations
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Downing Street has now officially confirmed what the prime minister told MPs just now. It is pretty striking stuff.
“This has been a testing time for our country and our party,” she said.
“We’re nearly there. We’re almost ready to start a new chapter and build that brighter future. “But before we can do that, we have to finish the job in hand.
“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.”
“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.”