April 24, 2019 / 4:28 PM / 25 days ago

UK Conservatives will not change leader rules, want clear departure schedule from PM May-lawmaker

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - Britain’s governing Conservative Party will not change the rules governing leadership challenges but demanded a clear timetable for Prime Minister Theresa May’s departure if her Brexit deal is rejected in parliament, a lawmaker at a party meeting said.

The executive of the so-called 1922 Committee, which groups Conservative lawmakers, met on Wednesday to discuss whether to change the leadership rules after some demanded a change to oust May from her post earlier than current procedures allow.

But a Conservative lawmaker at a broader meeting of the 1922 Committee said the executive had told lawmakers that there would be no change to the rules, but that the committee would call for a “clear schedule” for May’s departure if her Brexit deal is not passed in parliament. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and Kylie MacLellan; editing by William James)

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