Saturday, 18 January 2020

British PM says Brexit date should not be delayed

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LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May said the date of Brexit should not be delayed but did not rule out the prospect as she faces mounting calls to request an extension.

“I don’t believe that the date of March 29 should be delayed,” May told parliament on the eve of a momentous vote on the Brexit deal she has struck with EU leaders.

 

Euro MPs back Brexit delay in letter to Britain

STRASBOURG: More than 100 members of the European parliament have promised to back a delay to Brexit to allow voters to think again, in a letter to British citizens.

The cross-party group of MEPs wrote as Prime Minister Theresa May faces a probable defeat on Tuesday when British lawmakers vote on the Brexit withdrawal plan.

Speculation is rising that Britain will have to ask Brussels to pause the “Article 50” process that will see it leave Europe on March 29 with or without a deal.

Officials say EU leaders, who signed the withdrawal agreement with May in late November, may agree to extend the deadline to avoid a disruptive breakdown in ties.

A European Court has ruled Britain could unilaterally revoke the decision to launch the two-year withdrawal countdown if it decides to abandon Brexit altogether.

But a delay to allow May time to win over sceptical MPs – or to organise an election or a second referendum – would need to be unanimously agreed by EU leaders.

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