Theresa May: Brexit delay will be a short one

Theresa May: Brexit delay will be a short one

March 20, 2019 Off By readly

The embattled British Prime Minister will only ask for a short extension to the process of leaving the European Union, a source at 10 Downing Street told CNN.

“There is a case for giving Parliament a bit more time to agree a way forward, but the people of this country have been waiting nearly three years now,” the source said. “They are fed up with parliament’s failure to take a decision and the PM shares their frustration.”

May is meeting

EU leaders

on Thursday in Brussels, where she is expected to request an extension to Article 50 — the legal process for Britain leaving the the bloc — after Parliament rejected her deal twice by substantial margins.

After rejecting her deal, MPs voted in favor of an extension to the withdrawal process, given the unlikelihood of agreeing a deal before the March 29 deadline.

If an extension is agreed, the UK will avoid crashing out of the EU without a deal.

Downing Street had used the prospect of a lengthy delay — which could be used to force a second referendum — to try to persuade Brexiteer lawmakers that they risk losing Brexit altogether if they don’t vote for May’s deal. But May faced a mutiny from Brexiteer members of her government if she formally requested a long delay from Brussels, and opted for a short extension instead.

More details to come…

CNN’s Luke McGee contributed to this story.

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