UK could seek Brexit delay up to final hour

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Mar 19, 2019-

BRUSSELS: Brussels could handle a British request to delay its departure from the European Union right up to the final hour before Brexit day, an official said Monday. EU leaders hope Prime Minister Theresa May will come to their summit on Thursday with a plan to ratify Britain’s withdrawal deal before March 29. But if she decides that Britain needs more time to settle on an exit plan, she could ask for a delay up to an hour before the divorce becomes final. “I would say one hour before midnight Brussels time,” a senior EU official told reporters at a briefing ahead of this week’s European Council summit meeting. That is the moment—11.00 pm in London on March 29—when, according to current British and EU law the UK’s four-decade old membership comes to an end. (AFP)

Published: 19-03-2019 10:54

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