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Theresa May's bombshell resignation date statement to Tory MPs in full

Mirror logo Mirror 27/03/2019 Dan Bloom
a group of people around each other: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 27: British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London for the weekly PMQ session in the House of Commons. Today, MPs will hold a series of indicative votes on alternative Brexit plans following a government defeat in the Commons as parliamentarians took control of the order paper. March 27, 2019 in London, England.PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Images © Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Images LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 27: British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London for the weekly PMQ session in the House of Commons. Today, MPs will hold a series of indicative votes on alternative Brexit plans following a government defeat in the Commons as parliamentarians took control of the order paper. March 27, 2019 in London, England.PHOTOGRAPH BY Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Images

Theresa May tonight promised MPs she will resign if her Brexit deal finally passes through the Commons.

The Prime Minister bowed to pressure in Theresa May announces she will quit once her Brexit deal is through.

She said: "I know there is a desire for a new approach – and new leadership – in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations."

It means Britain could be facing a Tory leadership contest and a new Prime Minister in just a few weeks' time.

Below is the full extract of her speech released by Downing Street:  

It means Britain could be facing a Tory leadership contest and a new Prime Minister in just a few weeks' time © Ben Cawthra/LNP It means Britain could be facing a Tory leadership contest and a new Prime Minister in just a few weeks' time

“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.

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“But before we can do that, we have to finish the job in hand. As I say, I don’t tour the bars and engage in the gossip – but I do make time to speak to colleagues, and I have a great team in the Whips' Office. I also have two excellent PPSs.

“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.

a person standing in front of a fence: LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 25: British Prime Minister, Theresa May leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on March 25, 2019 in London, England. British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing increased pressure resign as she continues her attempts to pass a Brexit deal through parliament.  (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 25: British Prime Minister, Theresa May leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on March 25, 2019 in London, England. British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing increased pressure resign as she continues her attempts to pass a Brexit deal through parliament. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

“I know some people are worried that if you vote for the Withdrawal Agreement, I will take that as a mandate to rush on into phase two without the debate we need to have. I won’t – I hear what you are saying.

“But we need to get the deal through and deliver Brexit.

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Watch: Bercow issues another warning to May that Brexit deal needs changes to be debated (The Independent)

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“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.”

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