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Asked if it was correct that the Prime Minister would first inform HM the Queen, the PMOS said he was glad the reporter had asked the question. The distinction to bear in mind was that the Prime Minister was not announcing his resignation as Prime Minister next week. That is not what he would be doing. What the Prime Minister would be doing would be setting out his intentions but he would not be resigning as Prime Minister next week. Asked if he was resigning as leader of the Labour Party, the PMOS said it was a Party, not Government matter and the question the PMOS had been asked was about the Prime Minister’s role as Head of Government. After the Prime Minister has announced his intention he will remain Prime Minister. Asked if the Prime Minister would not go and see the HM the Queen next week but after the leadership contest has been concluded, the PMOS said at last the penny had dropped. Asked if the Prime Minister would have an Audience as normal next week, the PMOS said again there are normal Audiences but that was not affected by next week’s announcement. Asked would it not be odd of the Prime Minister not to mention at the Audience that he was leaving, the PMOS said that as the lobby knew the PMOS did not brief in any way on the conversations the Prime Minister has with HM the Queen. Asked what the opposite of kissing hands was, was it goodbye hugs, the PMOS said that there was a real danger of everyone getting ahead of him or herself.

Asked what day the Prime Minister was making his announcement, the PMOS sighed and said that on Tuesday the Prime Minister would be in Northern Ireland. Asked if there would be a courtesy announcement to Cabinet prior to the actual announcement, the PMOS said he gave the reporter marks for trying to get a date little else.

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