Theresa May has said she will step down as prime minister before the next phase of Brexit negotiations in a bid to get Eurosceptic MPs to back her withdrawal deal.
The UK prime minister said she would make way for another Conservative leader after listening to the demands of MPs for a new leadership team.
She did not set a date for her resignation as she spoke to a 1922 Committee meeting of Conservative backbenchers.
According to a transcript released afterwards, The Prime Minister 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.”
“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.”