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Theresa May shelves plans to publish Brexit Withdrawal bill following Cabinet mutiny

Business Insider logoBusiness Insider 23/05/2019 Adam Bienkov
Theresa May wearing a suit and tie © Getty
  • The prime minister has shelved plans to publish her Brexit Withdrawal Bill on Friday.
  • Several senior members of May's Cabinet had requested meetings with her in order to demand she drops plans to hold a vote on a second referendum.
  • The former Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, resigned on Thursday over the plans.

LONDON - Theresa May has shelved plans to publish her Brexit legislation this week, ahead of a vote on her bill early next month, after senior members of her Cabinet withdrew their support for her plans.

The prime minister had planned to publish the bill on Friday ahead of a vote on it at the start of June.

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However, several senior ministers requested meetings with the prime minister on Wednesday in order to demand that she drop key elements of the bill, including provisions to allow a parliamentary vote on whether to hold a second referendum.

Ministers revealed on Thursday that plans to publish the bill on Friday, ahead of a vote in June had been dropped. However, they insisted that the bill would still go to a vote at a later date.

The former Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom resigned on Wednesday evening in protest over the bill.

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Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom leaves the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, she has resigned, saying in a letter to Theresa May "I no longer believe that our approach will deliver on the referendum result". © Getty Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom leaves the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, she has resigned, saying in a letter to Theresa May "I no longer believe that our approach will deliver on the referendum result".

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Ministers revealed on Thursday that plans to bring the bill forward in the week of June 3rd had been dropped.

The decision comes as the prime minister comes under intense pressure to resign, with May's allies suggesting she will quit as early as Friday. 

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