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    UK PM May Says She Will Step Down Once Brexit is Delivered

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    Downing Street has confirmed that UK's Prime Minister Theresa May will step down "earlier than intended" once the Brexit deal goes through.

    The prime minister's office has published extracts of May's speech that she delivered to Tory lawmakers earlier in the day.

    "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…I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party," the extracts read.

    According to the prime minister, she would make such a move in order to get Eurosceptic MPs to back her withdrawal deal. May's decision means that if the deal is approved, it will be up to the country's next prime minister to decide on the future of the UK's relations with the EU, The Independent says.

    At the same time, The Guardian reported that May hadn't announced any specific date for her departure when she delivered a speech to the 1922 Committee meeting of Conservative lawmakers.

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    May has been "honest about the feedback she had received" from MPs, many of whom made her resignation a precondition of backing her deal, a Tory MP said as quoted by The Guardian.

    Earlier in the day, British MPs held a non-binding vote on a range of Brexit options just two days after they supported an amendment giving them control of the parliamentary agenda.

    The European Union has agreed to extend Article 50, thus, delaying Brexit until 22 May, given that the House of Commons approves a divorce deal this week. If British lawmakers choose not to back the agreement, the deadline will be extended only until 12 April.

    Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay announced earlier that the government planned to ask the House of Commons to sit on Friday in an attempt to bring the deal for another vote.


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