The British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will set out a timetable to elect a new leader of the Conservative Party in early June, following a second reading of her Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

The agreement was made at a meeting of Ms May and the chair of the 1922 Committee this afternoon.

In a statement issued by Graham Brady he said it was the Prime Minister’s intention to  secure a second reading of the BIll week commencing 3 June.

He said Mrs May would devote her efforts to securing the passage of the Bill as well the departure of the UK from the European Union "by the summer".

Mr Brady said that it has been agreed that he and Theresa May will meet following a second reading of the Bill to agree "a timetable for the election of a new leader of the Conservative Party".

After the meeting Mr Brady said: "We have agreed to meet to decide the timetable for the election of a new leader of the Conservative Party as soon as the second reading has occurred and that will take place regardless of what the vote is on the second reading - whether it passes or whether it fails."

"It was a very frank discussion, I tried to make sure that all the views represented on the executive were expressed and we had a very frank exchange with the Prime Minister."