By Dotun Ibiwoye Correspondent
Theresa May, British Prime Minister told Conservative lawmakers today,Wednesday that she will step down once the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union is accomplished.
She stated this at party meeting of lawmakers that she knows of a yearning for a new leadership and method in the second stage of the Brexit dialogues.
May said: “I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party,”
According to a transcript released by her office. “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.”
After two and a half years that the British people voted to leave the European Union, the date and terms of its departure are up in the air.
Last week, the European Union granted Britain a delay to the scheduled March 29 exit date, saying that if Parliament approves the proposed divorce deal this week, the U.K. will leave the EU on May 22. If not, the government has until April 12 to tell the 27 remaining EU countries what it plans to do — leave without a deal, cancel Brexit or propose a radically new path.
The P.M has been under mounting pressure from pro-Brexit members of her Conservative Party to quit.
Quite a lot have said they would support the withdrawal deal if another leader was chosen to lead the next stage of negotiations, which will determine Britain’s future relations with the European Union.
In a meeting described by participants as “somber,” May finally conceded she would have to go, although she did not set a departure date.
The anti-EU lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has clashed with May throughout the Brexit process, said she had been “very clear” that if Britain leaves the EU on May 22, she will quit soon after.
He said the prime minister had been “very dignified.”
“She out her case well, and reiterated that she had done her duty,” he said.
As the two overwhelming defeats for May’s withdrawal agreement with the EU, the House of Commons seized control of the parliamentary timetable for debate and votes on a range of Brexit replacements.
The PM’s declaration came as British lawmakers debated numerous options for leaving the European Union as they sought to bring some clarity to the difficult Brexit process and stop the country tumbling out of the bloc within weeks with no exit plan available.
The House of Commons Speaker John Bercow selected eight widely differing options for votes from a list of 16 submitted by lawmakers. They include calls to leave the EU without a deal, to stay in the EU’s customs union and single market, to put any EU divorce deal to a public referendum, and to cancel Brexit if the prospect of a no-deal departure gets close.
Later in the day, lawmakers will vote on all of the options they could accept. The plan is for the most popular ideas to move to a second vote Monday to find one option that can command a majority. Parliament would then instruct the government to negotiate it with the EU.
Theresa May averred that she will consider the outcome of the votes, though she has refused to be bound by the result.
The government condemned lawmakers’ move to seize control because it upends the usual practice in which the government sets the timetable for debate and votes in Parliament.
But Conservative lawmaker Oliver Letwin, one of those behind Wednesday’s votes, said “this is not an insurgency.”
“This process has come about as a result of the increasing concern that many of us have had across the House of Commons that we were heading not towards an approval of the prime minister’s deal, but alas towards a no-deal exit,” he said.