Theresa May faces pressure after Andrea Leadsom resigns – BBC

12:57, 23 May 2019
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The Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, stepped down on Wednesday night over the PM's Brexit policy.

Several cabinet ministers have also told the BBC that the PM cannot stay in her post.

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Mrs. May said she was "sorry to lose someone of [Mrs Leadsom's] passion, drive and sincerity."

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday night, Mrs. Leadsom said Mrs. May's new Brexit plan had "elements I cannot support, that aren't Brexit."

The minister had been due to appear in the Commons on Thursday to give a business statement to MPs.

Mrs. Leadsom was set to announce when the prime minister's Withdrawal Agreement Bill – the legislation needed to implement the agreement between the UK and EU – would be introduced to Parliament.

It is not clear who will take her place at the dispatch box.

On Wednesday, members of the Conservatives' backbench 1922 Committee held a secret ballot on whether to change party rules, to allow the prime minister to face a vote of no confidence immediately.

The results, in sealed envelopes, will be opened if Mrs. May does not agree to stand down by June 10.

Mrs. May survived a no-confidence vote of Conservative MPs in December. Under existing rules, she cannot be challenged again until December this year.

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