In the latest development of the seemingly never-ending Brexit saga, beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May promised to step down from office—but only once Parliament accepted her deal to leave the European Union, a caveat that generated frustration from the country’s fed-up population and opposition parties.
The announcement marks the beginning of the end of the May era, which began after her predecessor David Cameron resigned after the British people chose Brexit in a stunning vote on June 23, 2016.
Per The Irish Times:
Her offer to step down after her withdrawal agreement is passed came in response to calls from a number of Conservative backbenchers for her to name the date of her departure in return for their help in pushing the deal through parliament.
May told her fellow lawmakers in the Conservative Party of her decision in a closed-door meeting Wednesday, reported The Irish Independent.
Brexit is currently under a postponement negotiated with the EU that would see the country exit the continental federation on May 22 if Parliament accepts May’s deal or April 12 if it does not.
The political opposition was less kind to May, pointing out that a change of government under the circumstances laid out by May was akin to a threat.
“Theresa May’s pledge to Tory MPs to stand down if they vote for her deal shows once and for all that her chaotic Brexit negotiations have been about party management, not principles or the public interest,” said Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.
“A change of government can’t be a Tory stitch-up,” Corbyn added, “the people must decide.”