Theresa May: No decision on exit date until after Brexit vote


LONDON: The issue of Brexit has created a problematic situation for the ruling Conservative Party and according to the latest situation, no decision will be taken on when Theresa May leaves Downing Street until after MPs vote on her Brexit plan again early next month.

The announcement follows a meeting between the PM and senior Conservative MPs who are demanding she sets a date for her departure from No 10, the BBC has reported in its political commentary. Mrs May has said she will resign once MPs back her Brexit deal.

The 1922 committee of Tory MPs said it would discuss the issue again after the Brexit vote in the first week of June. It said it hoped to agree a timetable for a leadership contest at that point.

Existing rules mean Mrs May cannot be formally challenged until December. The statement on the agreement reached between the executive of the 1922 committee and the prime minister states they will meet following the first debate and vote on the withdrawal bill.

Chairman Sir Graham Brady said he had had a frank discussion with the prime minister and the agreement they had reached had brought “greater clarity” to her intentions.

Mrs May will attempt to push her plans through the House of Commons again in the week beginning 3 June, when MPs hold a vote on the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill – needed to implement her deal with the EU.

The Prime Minister had said she will go after the Commons backed the withdrawal agreement she reached with the EU, but her plan has been rejected by MPs three times. When asked previously whether she would resign if the bill was rejected, Mrs May said it would “ensure that we deliver Brexit for the public”.

BBC reports that pressure has grown on Mrs May since the Conservatives’ local election drubbing two weeks ago. Much of the anger in the parliamentary party is focusing on Mrs May’s talks with Labour, aimed at reaching a cross-party compromise to get her deal through the Commons.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that his party will not support the Withdrawal Agreement Bill unless it guarantees membership of a customs union with the EU, and protects workers’ rights, consumer rights and environmental rights. “Our view is there has to be a relationship with Europe that guarantees those things, and if that bill doesn’t do it then we won’t support it,” he said.

Boris Johnson has said he will run for the Conservative Party leadership after Theresa May stands down. Asked at a business event in Manchester if he would be a candidate, the former foreign secretary replied: “Of course I’m going to go for it.”