Theresa May Announces She Will Quit As Prime Minister Once Her Brexit Deal Is Agreed
Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will quit if MPs agree to pass her Brexit deal.
In a statement released by 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister said: "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.
"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."
Mrs May told a meeting of the 1922 Committee earlier this afternoon she would 'not remain in post for the next phase of the negotiations'.
Several Tory MPs have come out and backed the Prime Minister, following her announcement.
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Nicholas Soames wrote on Twitter: "Commanding brave Speech by @theresa_may at the 1922 Committee. Party rowed inbehind her #FridayBigDay."
Andrew Bowie also showed his support, writing: "Very proud of my boss this evening. Now let's come together and deliver Brexit."
The shock announcement comes two days after MPs wrestled control of Brexit proceedings from the government.
Later this evening MPs will debate eight ways of moving forward with the process, including questions over a second referendum and even the prospect of no deal.
According to reports, Mrs May will then make a third attempt at getting her proposed deal through Parliament, potentially later this week.
Earlier today the government officially rejected a petition calling for the revocation of Article 50 - the article of the Treaty of Lisbon that allows European Union member states to leave the union.
The petition gathered more than 5.8 million signatures from those who are against Brexit.
However, despite the fact that it massively overhauled the target of 100,000 signatures that guaranteed that it would be considered for debate in Parliament, the government has moved quickly to dismiss it.
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