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Theresa May will stand down as Prime Minister once Brexit is delivered, source says

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 21: British Prime Minister Theresa May departs after speaking to the media at the end of the first of a two-day summit of European Union leaders on March 21, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. Leaders will discuss May's request for an extension of the deadline for the United Kingdom's departure from the EU, or Brexit. European Council President Donald Tusk said yesterday that he can see member states agreeing to a short extension beyond March 29, though he has coupled an extension to the British Parliament passing Theresa May's Brexit agreement first. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

British Prime Minister Theresa May will leave Downing Street once her twice-rejected Brexit withdrawal deal from the European Union has been delivered, according to a Conservative Party lawmaker. She did not give a date for her departure.

May was speaking at Westminster to the 1922 Committee, an influential group of backbench Conservative Members of Parliament.

“She has said that she will not stay through to the next phase of negotiations. If they (MPs) back the deal she will go,” Conservative Party lawmaker Simon Hart said of Prime Minister Theresa May.

“No timescale was talked about or given,” Hart told CNN. “The implication was if she gets her deal through, that will kick start the process to find a new leader almost immediately.”

He added that the atmosphere was “respectful” and May “was as animated as I’d ever seen her at committee. She was passionate but not emotional. We are all traumatized at this point by these negotiations.”

Even if May has secured support from the longstanding opponents to her deal — including arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson — Speaker of the House John Bercow has ruled her deal must be substantively different from the previous two occasions before it can be put forward in the House of Commons for the third time.

Lawmakers reacted to the news on Twitter, including Anna Soubry, who recently left the party to join a breakaway cross-party bloc known as the Independent Group. She tweeted that it was “shameful” that “hard Brexiteers will vote for the PMs ‘deal’ not because it’s good for our country and the right thing to do … but because it gets rid of the PM.”

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