Theresa May tells Tory MPs she will QUIT once her Brexit deal is through

Theresa May has told Tory MPs she will QUIT as Prime Minister once her Brexit deal is through.

The Prime Minister issued the bombshell statement tonight in a last-ditch bid to get her plan past the Commons.

It means she could be out of office by the summer if MPs decide to finally back her Brexit deal by this Friday.

She said: “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.”

In the past few days she had faced growing calls from backbenchers to quit and today she gave in to their demands.

Number 10 hopes the promise of a Brexiteer PM leading the negotiations for a future deal with the EU, will help get the deal over the line.


Theresa May faced a meeting of Tory backbenchers

Mrs May said: “I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party.

“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.”

The Prime Minister was addressing a meeting of the backbench 1922 committee where she was greeted with the traditional banging of tables.


Tory MP James Cartlidge said: “My recollection is that she said she would not remain in post for the next phase of the negotiations, the implication being  that once the Withdrawal Agreement has passed, she would make way for someone else.”

A number of Brexiteer MPs said they would now back the deal.

Leaving the meeting Pauline Latham said: “I feel relieved. There was pent up frustration by many people. It was inevitable and I feel she’s made the right decision. She has actually read the mood of the party which was a surprise.”

It’s understood the PM told MPs that she wanted to make sure that the next PM was “someone in this room” rather than Labour, so she wants an “orderly handover”.


Theresa May’s time in Number 10 is numbered

She told her colleagues there had been “mistakes”.

“I know I don’t hang around in the bars, I know I don’t gossip in the tea rooms, but that doesn’t mean your concerns haven’t been heard,” she said.

It came after the government indicated that they could bring back the meaningful vote a third time on Friday.

However, it remains unclear whether the Speaker will allow that after he said the deal needs major changes before it can be put before MPs again.

She served for six years as Home Secretary under David Cameron

Earlier this month he would not accept another meaningful vote being brought forward without substantial changes, which he indicated should include a negotiated change with the EU.

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay told MPs a motion to enable the Commons to sit on Friday is to be tabled by the Government as it bids to secure approval for the deal.

Mr Barclay said: “In order to maximise our ability to secure that approval the Government will, later today, table a motion for the House to sit this Friday.”

Theresa May hopes her promise to quit will bring over some wavering Tories


Mr Bercow earlier told MPs: “I understand the Government may be thinking about bringing a third meaningful vote before the House either tomorrow or even on Friday, if the House opts to sit that day.

“Therefore, in order there should be no misunderstanding, I wish to make clear that I do expect the Government to meet the test of change.

“They should not seek to circumvent my ruling by means of tabling either a notwithstanding or a paving motion – the tabling office has been instructed no such motion would be accepted.”

Responding to Mr Bercow’s statement, a Government source said the Speaker was “making it up as he goes along”.

Following Mr Bercow’s comments, Downing Street said that since the last meaningful vote, EU leaders had approved the agreement the Prime Minister had struck with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in relation to the temporary nature of the backstop.

At her press conference at the Brussels summit, the Prime Minister said she considered that to be a “significant development which gave extra reassurance”.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said that the UK’s departure date – which had been due to be on Friday – had also changed.

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