News | Published February 25 2019

May faces calls for Brexit delay

Theresa May is facing pressure from backbench Conservative to delay Brexit today, with MPs arguing that a delay is preferable to the risk of the UK leaving without a deal.

May is currently trying to renegotiate her deal with the European Union, despite their negotiators insisting that the backstop arrangement will not be revisited.

In response, Conservative MPs have hatched a new plan that will involve the date of the UK leaving the EU being delayed until the 23rd of May, the day of the European elections.

Labour MP Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, also claimed that it would be "relatively simple to extend it until the 1st of July".

The Education Secretary Damian Hinds came to the prime minister defence though, arguing that the "delays that people are suggesting don't actually solve anything".

He continued: "They don't give any more certainty to business, they don't resolve any of the dilemmas or the trade offs that are involved inevitably in this. I'm not banking on there being a delay, we're working hard to make sure we leave the European Union on the 29th of March."

The calls for the delay follow the announcement on Sunday that MPs would vote on her deal on the 12th of March.

Many MPs reacted angrily to this announcement, with the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeting out: "Theresa May is putting the country at risk by recklessly running down the clock to force MPs to choose between her bad deal and a disastrous No Deal. Labour will work with MPs across the Commons to prevent No Deal, break the deadlock and build support for our alternative plan."

Authored by

William Winter
February 25 2019

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