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Theresa May under pressure to name departure date

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May is meeting senior Conservative MPs in Parliament Theresa May has held talks with senior Conservative MPs who are demanding she sets a date for her departure from Downing Street.

The prime minister, under growing pressure from her own MPs to quit, met the executive of the backbench 1922 Committee to discuss her future.Existing rules mean she cannot be formally challenged until December.Mrs May has said her departure depends on delivering Brexit, but her plan has been rejected by MPs three times.

She will attempt to push her plans through the House of Commons again in the week beginning 3 June, when MPs hold a vote on the withdrawal bill - needed to implement the Brexit deal the prime minister reached with the EU. When asked whether she would resign if the bill was rejected, Mrs May said it would ensure that we deliver Brexit for the public.

MPs have duty to support Brexit billWhat happens next?The 1922 Committees executive had been expected to press Mrs May on her departure timetable.BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the MPs were now meeting in a different room in Parliament without the prime minister. Skip Twitter post by @bbclaurak Meeting btw PM and 1922 exec seems to be breaking up, now the committee are meeting in a different room on their own, MPs and one of No 10’s team dashing about - it would be like a country house game in a farce if it wasn’t so serious— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) May 16, 2019 Report End of Twitter post by @bbclaurak Last month, the 1922 Committee executive narrowly decided against changing the partys leadership rules to allow an early challenge to Mrs May.

Pressure has grown on Mrs May since the Conservatives local election drubbing two weeks ago. Much of the anger in the parliamentary party is focusing on Mrs Mays talks with Labour, aimed at reaching a cross-party compromise to get her deal through the Commons. Theresa Mays very long goodbye Twice my colleague in Paris asked the prime minister if she would resign if her Brexit plan is rejected by MPs again.

. Twice she completely swerved the question.You cant blame her for wanting to avoid it. Theresa May is not exactly fond of revealing much in interviews in any case.And for her to go anywhere near tangling with her potential exit would have breathed even more fire into the frenzied.....

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