Theresa May confirms she wants to serve full five-year term to 2022

Prime Minister reportedly under pressure to resign after delivering Brexit 

Chloe Farand
Monday 03 July 2017 23:16
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Before the election, Ms May said she would serve a full five year term if re-elected as prime minister
Before the election, Ms May said she would serve a full five year term if re-elected as prime minister

Theresa May wants to serve a full five year term as Prime Minister despite an election gamble that dramatically damaged her authority, her spokesman has said.

Responding to a question over whether Ms May still intends to remain in office until 2022, he said: "I have been asked this before and I am sure I will be asked again, and the answer is 'yes'."

Ms May came under growing pressure to stand down after a humiliating election result, which saw the Tories fail to secure a majority.

She has reportedly been urged to resign as Prime Minister after Brexit officially takes place in March 2019 to allow for another Conservative leader to lead the party into the 2022 general election.

But some Conservative MPs told the The Daily Telegraph they feared if she set out a timetable for her time in office she could become a "lame duck", which would weaken her hand in the Brexit negotiations.

Before the election, Ms May said she would serve a full five year term if re-elected as Prime Minister.

Following the result of the general election, which forced Ms May to make a deal with Northern Ireland's DUP, Ms May told Sky News: "I said during the election campaign that if re-elected I would intend to serve a full term.

"But what I'm doing now is actually getting on with the immediate job. But I think that's what's more important, I think that's what the public would expect."

A few days after the election result, Ms May also told Conservative backbench MPs she would "serve for as long as you want me to".

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