Theresa May won’t lead Conservative party into next election

Written by on December 14, 2018

British Prime Minister, Theresa May has said she will not lead the Conservative Party into the next general election.

She said the party would prefer to “to go into that election with another leader”, as she arrived in Brussels for an EU summit.

It confirms what she told MPs ahead of a confidence vote triggered by MPs angry at her Brexit policy.

Theresa May Annika Haas [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

May won the vote but has vowed to listen to the concerns of the 37% of Tory MPs who voted against her.

May said: “I’ve said that in my heart I would love to be able to lead the Conservative Party into the next general election but I think it is right that the party feels that they would prefer to go into that election with another leader.”

Asked whether she would quit after Brexit, she declined to discuss dates but added: “What I’m clear about is the next general election is in 2022 and I think it’s right that another party leader take us into that general election.”

The prime minister said she hoped to “assuage” the concerns of Tory MPs who voted against her by seeking legal “assurances” from EU leaders that the backstop plan to prevent the return of a hard border in Northern Ireland would be temporary.

Paul Ayorinde 


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