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May agrees to set departure date after Brexit deal vote

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May agreed on Thursday to set her resignation date after the next parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal, regardless of whether or not lawmakers back the withdrawal agreement, a statement from the 1922 Committee said.

"The prime minister is determined to secure our departure from the European Union and is devoting her efforts to securing the 2nd reading of the withdrawal agreement bill in the week commencing 3rd June 2019," the 1922 Committee Chairman Graham Brady said following a meeting with May. "We have agreed that she and I will meet following the 2nd reading of the bill to agree a timetable for the election of a new leader of the Conservative and Unionist party," he added.

Media reports have claimed that May will be forced by the 1922 Committee to leave her post regardless of the outcome of the Brexit deal vote despite her earlier promise to step down only after her withdrawal agreement is backed by Parliament. The deal is unlikely to pass as Labour warned it is likely to oppose the agreement. Meanwhile, one of the top pro-Brexit Tories, Boris Johnson, vowed to run for the party leadership after May leaves.

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