May has stated that she is aware that Tory MPs don’t want her to lead the next stage of the Brexit negotiations – and she “won’t stand in the way of that”.
“I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party,” she said.
The Democratic Unionist Party, meanwhile has not changed its stance – and won’t vote against the deal.
“Given the fact that the necessary changes we seek to the backstop have not been secured between the Government and the European Union, and the remaining and ongoing strategic risk that Northern Ireland would be trapped in backstop arrangements at the end of the implementation period, we will not be supporting the Government if they table a fresh meaningful vote,” read a statement from the DUP.
“In our view the current Withdrawal Agreement does not do so and the backstop, which we warned this Government against from its first inception, poses an unacceptable threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom and will inevitably limit the United Kingdom’s ability to negotiate on the type of future relationship with the EU.”