Britain's May stands by promise to resign after phase one of Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May stands by her commitment to resign after she completes "phase one" of the Brexit process to open the way for a new leader to negotiate the second phase, her spokesman said on Wednesday.
May is under growing pressure to leave office sooner than she plans, with many in her governing Conservatives saying she has failed to deliver Britain's vote to leave the European Union and that the party now has to take a new approach.
"The prime minister made a very generous and bold offer to the 1922 committee (an influential Conservative group) a few weeks ago that she would see through phase one of the Brexit process, and she would leave and open up for new leadership for phase two," the spokesman told reporters.
"And that is the timetable she is working towards. She wants to get Brexit done."
Britain's opposition Labour Party, on the other hand, will look to nail down in the next few days whether and how far the government is willing to move in talks over a way forward on Brexit, a Labour Party spokesman said on Wednesday after suffering defeat in UK local election.
Talks between Labour and the government are due to continue at around 1700 GMT on Wednesday but Labour say that, despite weeks of talks, they are yet to see the substantive movement from the government they believe is needed to reach an agreement.
(Cover: British Prime Minister Theresa May addresses the Scottish Conservative Party Conference at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland, May 3, 2019. /VCG Photo)