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Theresa May agrees to set timetable for resignation

A copy of the letter confirming Theresa May's agreement to start the process of finding a new Tory Party leader next to a picture of Theresa May.

The PM says she will start the process of leaving in early June (Picture: House of Commons/Getty)

Theresa May has announced she set a timetable for a new Tory leader to be elected to replace her.

The Prime Minister has agreed to make arrangements to chose a successor after Parliament votes on the Government’s Withdrawal Amendement Bill for the fourth time in June.

She has been in talks with senior Conservative Party MPs who have been calling for her to set a resignation date over her handling of Brexit.

It comes as former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced he is planning on running to be the next leader of the party if Mrs May stands down.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of Conservative MPs wrote to fellow party members confirming the Prime Minister’s plans.

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and other state leaders for the 'Christchurch Appeal' against terrorism, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 15, 2019.

Theresa May made the promise following talks with senior Conservative Party MPs (Picture: Reuters)

He refused to be drawn by reporters over rumours the Mrs May would resign immediately if her Brexit deal is rejected in the vote on the week of June 3 as expected.

Cross-party Brexit talks are continuing, but the Labour Party aren’t expected to support any deal which doesn’t involve a customs union and safeguards against any future Tory leader tearing up the agreement.

Sir Graham said: ‘We have agreed to meet to decide the timetable for the election of a new leader of the Conservative Party as soon as the second reading has occurred, and that will take place regardless of what the vote is on the second reading, whether it passes or whether it fails.’

epa07311278 Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson enters 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 23 January 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May has presented her Plan B for Brexit to parliament and Parliamentarians will vote on her new Brexit deal on 29 January 2019.

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has thrown his hat in the ring already (Picture: EPA)

Mrs May survived a vote of no confidence against her leadership last December meaning she was technically safe from being ousted for another year.

She said she would leave once Brexit had been delivered but calls for her to set a leaving date mounted after the party lost 1,300 in local elections earlier this month.

Former Tory party chairman Iain Duncan Smith said voters were ‘furious with the political class’ over the handling of Brexit, particularly since March 29 when the UK was originally meant to leave the European Union.



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