London: Theresa May on Wednesday confirmed that she will not remain the British Prime Minister to oversee the next stage of Brexit negotiations, as she made a final attempt to persuade Conservative MPs to rally behind her Brexit deal, in a vote that could take place later this week.
She said she had taken the decision as the mood of Conservatives in Parliament had become clear. “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 MPs of the Conservatives backbench 1922 Committee on Wednesday afternoon.
Speculation had been building that the Prime Minister could announce that she would step down earlier than previously indicated to persuade Brexit hardliners in her party to back the deal. While earlier this week, she had told MPs that she did not believe she had the sufficient numbers to get the withdrawal deal through, as discussions progressed it became clear that some — such as influential European Research Group chair Jacob Rees-Mogg — were willing to change their stance and back her deal if she were willing to make way for a new Prime Minister.