May tells Tory MPs she will resign before next phase of Brexit talks

Prime Minister Theresa May said she would deliver Brexit at all costs, that it was time to make serious decisions to move into the next phase of Britain's future

May said she'll step down as Prime Minister, though no official date has been offered
May said she'll step down as Prime Minister, though no official date has been offered

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said she would quit after the withdrawal agreement is passed.

She was saying this in the British Parliament on Wednesday evening during a Brexit debate. She was addressing the conservative backbench 1922 Committee.

As yet, May has not provided a clear date of departure but the understanding is that this is what Tory MPs were looking for. Tory MP and Brexiteer Pauline Latham said that she will now back the deal.

"I feel relieved," she said. "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."

Other MPs said the same, and promised that they too would back the deal now that they have a promise of resignation.

"I may not go round the bars and gossip in tea rooms but I have heard what colleagues are saying. If that means I have to handover in an orderly process then so be it. I want the next Prime Minister to come from in this room not across the divide," May said.

"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. 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," she said.

May seems resolute to see the democratic will of the people being implemented and deliver Brexit at all costs, including resigning.

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