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Theresa May to quit as prime minister after Brexit deal

Parliament decide the fate of Brexit until May 22

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/NOVOSTIVL/ British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday she will step down if Parliament approves her twice-defeated deal for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

"I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party," May said, as the government is considering bringing the Brexit deal back to the House of Commons for a third vote possibly on Friday.

Last week, EU leaders agreed with the prime minister to extend the deadline for Britain's departure from the European Union to May 22, provided that British lawmakers pass a withdrawal agreement by Friday.

"I ask everyone in this room to back the deal so we can complete our historic duty -- to deliver on the decision of the British people and leave the European Union with a smooth and orderly exit."

May has faced growing pressure from within her Conservative Party to resign or give a date for her resignation after Parliament twice rejected her agreement with the European Union on the terms of Britain's departure, initially scheduled for March 29.

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