London, Mar 28 : UK Prime Minister Theresa May promised to step down if MPs of her Conservative Party agreed to back her twice-defeated Brexit bill. At a meeting in Parliament on Wednesday, PM May made the offer to her MPs "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 PM said she knew that Tory MPs did not want her to lead the next phase of Brexit negotiations "and I won't stand in the way of that". In offering her resignation, May hoped that enough Conservative rebels would change their mind when she puts the deal back to them as she needed 75 MPs to flip.
Boris Johnson, who resigned from May's Cabinet over her handling of Brexit, told hardline Brexiteers that he would, reluctantly, back the deal. Soon after May’s offer to step down, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland, which has 10 MPs in the Parliament, said it will vote against the Brexit withdrawal deal..
In a statement released after the PM announced her offer to stand down, DUP leader Arlene Foster said the "necessary changes" she wanted to see to the backstop clause in the withdrawal agreement had still not been secured, BBC said. (UNI)