(Brexit) May pleads for more time

Business | 11 Feb 2019 10:18 am

With Brexit just 47 days away, the British government asked lawmakers yesterday to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to rework her divorce deal with the European Union.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said Parliament would get to pass judgment on May’s Brexit plan "no later than February 27.”

The promise is a bid to avert a showdown on Thursday, when Parliament is set to debate and vote on next moves in the Brexit process. Some lawmakers want to try to seize control and steer the country toward a softer exit from the bloc.

Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, but Parliament has rejected May’s divorce bill, leaving the prime minister to seek changes from the EU. The U.K.’s bid for last-minute changes has exasperated EU leaders, who insist the legally binding withdrawal agreement can’t be changed.

The impasse risks a chaotic "no deal” departure for Britain, which could be painful for businesses and ordinary people on both sides of the Channel.

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told the BBC that a "disorderly exit” was now the most likely option.-AP

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