March 27, 2019 / 6:51 PM / 4 months ago

Leadership contest to replace May will begin after May 22 if Brexit deal passes

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain, March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - A leadership contest to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May will begin after May 22 if her deal to leave the European Union is passed by parliament, her office told Conservative MPs on Wednesday.

In a statement to MPs in May’s Conservative Party, her office said a timetable for the leadership election would be set by the party and that she would remain as prime minister until her successor was elected.

“This is about providing new leadership for phase 2 (of the negotiations to leave the EU), but we have to get through phase 1 first and leave,” said the statement, which was seen by Reuters.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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