The UK diplomats were due to leave the Palace of Westminster for five years or more to allow for vital restoration and renewal work.
An independent body tasked with managing restoration and renewal plans imparted that plans to move MPs and peers out of Parliament should be reviewed.
The majority of the building dates back to the mid-19th Century hence MPs had voted for the refurbishment of the historic building. The planned move was supposed to be implemented in 2025.
The majority of diplomats had signed up for this plan. This would have been the first time Parliament has moved out of its ancient seat since the Luftwaffe bombed the Commons Chamber in 1941. It was estimated that the restoration of the building would cost a total amount of £3.5 billion.
The independent body known as the Sponsor Body, which supervises the project emphasized that essential repairs need to be done as the structure is at high risk from fire.
Although the government had said that the decision on the building in Westminster was a matter for Parliament, Mrs Leadsom warned that the iconic building faced “critical risks”, with 60 episodes in recent years which could have led to a serious fire.
However, as the nation is still battling against the coronavirus pandemic, it is highly unlikely that there will be any funds to set aside for the renovation of the Palace of Westminster.