Live updates: Theresa May will step down as UK Prime Minister on...

Live updates: Theresa May will step down as UK Prime Minister on June 7

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Latest: Theresa May has announced that she will step down as UK Prime Minister and as Tory party leader on Friday, June 7.

“I’ve done everything I can to convince MPs to take that deal. Sadly, I was unable to do so,” said Mrs May as she made a statement about her future in Downing Street.

She said: “I have striven to make the UK a country that works not just for a privileged few but for everyone and to honour the result of the EU referendum.”

Earlier: Theresa May is expected to set out when she will quit Number 10 after a Cabinet revolt over her Brexit plan.

The UK Prime Minister is meeting the leader of backbench Conservatives, Graham Brady, on Friday to discuss her future after her authority was left in tatters following the backlash against her “new Brexit deal”.

Here are the latest developments:

9.37am

Former chancellor Ken Clarke suggested the majority of Tory MPs did not support their own party in the European election.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I suspect the majority of Conservative MPs did not vote Conservative yesterday.”

9.34am

“I would find it very difficult to support a candidate who said it was in Britain’s best interest to leave with no deal, leave straight away, WTO…

“I don’t expect any candidate really to say that.”

9.30am

The Prime Minister has arrived in Downing Street where she is understood to be meeting 1922 Committee chairman Mr Brady after a cabinet revolt over her latest Brexit plan and the delay of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB).

Tory backbenchers’ representative Mr Brady is expected to insist that she should set out when she will resign, with a 1922 Committee source telling the Press Association Mrs May’s departure date is likely to be June 10.

 

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