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Theresa May has announced her resignation from office before the next phase of Brexit negotiations.
Eight amendments were put to vote including revoking Article 50 and a "no deal" Brexit.
The indicative votes will not be legally binding on the government. But if MPs do get behind a single plan, the Prime Minister will have to decide what to do next.
However, all eight of the Brexit options were rejected.
In a statement, Theresa May said:
“This has been a testing time for our country and our party. We’re nearly there. We’re almost ready to start a new chapter and build that brighter future. And 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 am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party. 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.”
Conservative MP David Mundell called May 'driven' by her duty of public service ahead of the announcement:
PM is driven by a sense of duty and public service. Her decision today reflects again her putting the national interest ahead of personal interest. She remains determined to secure our departure from the EU on an orderly basis and will have my full support in doing so.— David Mundell (@DavidMundellDCT) March 27, 2019
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Theresa May’s pledge to Tory MPs to stand down if they vote for her deal shows once and for all that her chaotic Brexit negotiations have been about party management, not principles or the public interest.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) March 27, 2019
A change of government can't be a Tory stitch-up, the people must decide.
When and if May resigns as Prime Minister will depend on the outcome of further negotiations.
Speaking to The Guardian, Jacob Rees-Mogg said the time-scale for May's resignation was 'very clear.'
"I think it was very clear. She basically said that when the withdrawal agreement was approved – and I assume that was by the 22 May deadline. But if the deal did not pass, she would have every right to carry on."
More to follow.
Image Credit / Theresa May: Annika Haas [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]