It is likely that Theresa May would announce an extension to Brexit when she returns from Egypt where she’s participating in an EU leaders' gathering, a government official said.
The defence minister, Tobias Ellwood, revealed that Mrs. May is expected to announce Brexit delay following her withdrawal from holding a second vote this week and could now extend Brexit by two months according to report.
Despite this hint, the Defence minister insisted there is the need to hear from May herself when she returns. If it was down to him, he favors the extension because he believes no deal departure is not a good position to take.
European Research Group is key
Mr. Ellwood has now urged the European Research Group (ERG)
to help the Prime Minister secure a deal.
He revealed that May has put in so much effort to ensure that ERG is appeased. Everything, including the referendum and the Article 50 letter, was done with ERG in mind, he said.
He now calls on ERG to cooperate with Mrs. May to get the deal across the line. He also stated his fear that there's a bloc in the party who is making reaching an agreement more difficult.
Ellwood said there is hope the Prime Minister would get required legal agreements and concession, but the extension might be inevitable given time constraint.
Theresa May insisted that March 29 is still feasible as vote will be held on the deal before March 12. This she said on the first day of the meeting in Egypt.
Despite this bold statement by the prime minister, reports have it that Downing Street is considering a short extension of the negotiation period of the Article 50 in the event no deal could be reached by March 12.
Labour MP Yvette Cooper has accused the government of irresponsibility in the face of the current situation. Being a few weeks away from Brexit without any certainty as well as a vote coming up just two weeks to the exit does not say otherwise, she said. She explained that it is deeply damaging for almost every sector of the country.
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