Theresa May has confirmed she will quit as Tory leader before the next general election.
Speaking in Brussels, the Prime Minister confirmed reports she had told Conservative backbenchers last night that she would not lead the party into the 2022 election.
But she would not give an exact date for her departure.
Arriving at the European Council summit in Brussels, Mrs May said: “I have said that in my heart I would love to be able to lead the Conservative Party into the next general election.
“But I think it is right that the party feels that it would prefer to go into that election with a new leader.”
Asked whether she had a date in mind to stand down, Mrs May said: “No. People try to talk about dates. What I’m clear about is the next general election is in 2022 and I think it’s right that another party leader takes us into that general election.”