Brexit: Theresa May urged to quit to help deal pass

Theresa May could gain support for her Brexit deal if she promises to stand down as prime minister, senior Conservatives have told the BBC.

MPs in the party have said they might reluctantly back the agreement if they know she will not be in charge of the next stage of negotiations with the EU.

But the chancellor said changing prime ministers “wouldn’t help”, adding: “This isn’t about individuals.”

No 10 has dismissed reports that Mrs May could be persuaded to stand aside.

Newspapers claim cabinet ministers are plotting a coup against the prime minister, aiming to replace her with a caretaker leader until a proper leadership contest is held later in the year.

But there are differing accounts of who the preferred candidate is, with the Brexiteer and Remain wings of the party said to disagree.

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