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U.K. Prime Minister May could set departure date next week

Christian Fernsby |
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May could set a date for her departure next week, the chairman of an influential Conservative Party committee said Saturday.

May promised in March to resign if her Brexit deal was passed by parliament, but without setting a timetable for her departure, as many MPs would like her to do.

Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory backbench MPs, speaking to BBC Radio 4's The Week in Westminster, said the committee had asked May to give “some clarity” about her plans for the future, and she had “offered to come and meet with the executive.”

Brady said he expects a “clear understanding” of that timetable once she has met the committee, which she will do on Wednesday.

He said he understands why May is reluctant to give a clear indication of when she will leave: “I think the reticence is the concern that by promising to go on a certain timetable, it might make it less likely she would secure parliamentary approval for the Withdrawal Agreement, rather than more likely.”

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