May offers resignation after Brexit deal

Many may see this gesture as far too late, but Theresa May has offered to resign if she gets her latest Brexit deal through the UK Parliament.

RNZ:  Theresa May says she’ll step down once Brexit delivered

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has told her Conservative Party MPs she will hand over the leadership once Brexit is delivered.

Mrs May said she would not stay in power for the next phase of Brexit talks on the future trading relationship.

But she did not set a firm departure date, according to Tory MPs who were at the meeting where Mrs May spoke.

Mrs May said she knew there was a desire in the Conservative Party for a new approach in the second phase of Brexit negotiations.

“I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party.”

Speaking after the meeting, Tory MP James Cartlidge said: “My recollection is that she said she would not remain in post for the next phase of the negotiations, the implication being that once the withdrawal agreement has passed, she would make way for someone else.”

Tory MP Simon Hart told BBC’s journalist Nick Watt that Mrs May had said she would want to pass her Brexit withdrawal agreement and then set in motion process to replace her.

In the meantime MPs will be voting on eight different options ranging from leaving the European Union without a deal to cancelling Brexit altogether.

However the government has made it clear it won’t necessarily be bound by the results.

Replacing May now would probably make sorting out the Brexit mess even more difficult, but she deserves to go over her mishandling of it.

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  1. Duker

     /  28th March 2019

    May isnt the problem.
    Commons has voted NO to every alternative

    daily mail

    What ever happened to your commentator who seemed to be able to give some thoughtfull ideas PG ?
    I think that even the Government making its choice a ‘confidence vote’ wont work as if they lose, a second vote is required to achieve a dissolution of parliament.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  28th March 2019

    Boris has now said he will support May’s Brexit plan since she is resigning but it seems highly unlikely that will get it through.

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  3. High Flying Duck

     /  28th March 2019

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    • Duker

       /  28th March 2019

      Sounds like the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party – they forced out 2 house speakers.
      Even when certain things had support from both sides , tea party would reject it as they demanded ‘majority of republicans’ for any legislation before it went for a vote.

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  28th March 2019

        That’s the problem with protest factions. Solutions destroy them, so they will prevent any from being enacted
        Brexit is taking it to whole new levels though. The tea party was relatively fringe, even at its peak. (Relatively) sane people existed in government who could keep the wheels turning.
        Brexit madness has swallowed the UK parliament whole and there is no sign of anyone being the adult in the room who will sort it out.

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  4. High Flying Duck

     /  28th March 2019

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  5. High Flying Duck

     /  28th March 2019

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  28th March 2019

    Regrettably May failed even to lead her own party, let alone the country. A compromise and compromising leader who consistently failed to find solutions, reconcile factions or generate enthusiasm. Her amazing ability to retain her position I can only guess is due to her factions fearing a competent leader from their opponents.

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