British Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed to call an election to choose her successor after MPs vote on leaving the European Union in early June, reports say.
Her announcement comes after an emotionally-charged meeting with senior party colleagues who wanted the prime minister to set a date for stepping down.
May is likely to leave office by June-end after the fourth Brexit vote. The clamour for her resignation grew louder every time MPs, including some from her party, rejected her Bexit plan in the Commons.
Her party’s defeat in the recent local polls has mounted pressure for her exit.
The possibility of getting Labour’s support for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill looks remote at this stage.
In the meantime, Tory leader Boris Johnson said he is ready to run for the prime minister’s post once May quits.
While resigning as foreign secretary last year, Johnson had said the Brexit dream was fading under May because of needless doubts.
Other leaders who may join the prime ministerial race are Rory Stewart, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey.
The possibility of Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Dominic Raab declaring their candidacies cannot be ruled out.
Sajid Javid, Steve Baker and Amber Rudd are also eyeing the post.