UK’s Theresa May says Brexit transition period could grow, draws ire

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Despite no progress being made at the Brussels summit this week, Mrs May remains optimistic that a deal can still be achieved.

If a withdrawal agreement is reached, a transition period would kick in after next March, which has been planned to end in December 2020.

Following the Brussels summit this week the Prime Minister remained optimistic that a Brexit deal could still be achieved, despite European Union leaders pushing back the November summit until "decisive progress" is made in negotiations.

British prime minister Theresa May Wednesday evening (17 October) told European Union leaders she is ready to consider extending the Brexit transition period to three years.

Tajani said he plans to visit Ireland soon "to explain parliament's position, which is in full support of the Irish Republic".

"There's a real sense that what we're doing is working to ensure that we can do this deal within a reasonable timetable", she said.

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Citing May's reported preference for an extension of the Withdrawal Agreement transition period, Tajani told reporters, "Reference has been made to three, not two, years and we are in favour of this".

However, Brexiteers have reacted with anger at suggestions the UK's stay within the EU's structures could be lengthened beyond what had previously been agreed as a 21-month period.

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Britain's Brexit minister, Dominic Raab, said just a week ago that the so-called backstop created to prevent a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, must be finite, short and time-limited.

This is James O'Brien's stinging response to Iain Duncan Smith's claim that sorting out the Northern Irish border issue will be easy. Brussels reportedly proposed prolonging the transition by a year.

"I think that Mrs May wants a deal".

"Mrs. May's acceptance of an extension to the transition period will take us to the next general election, which may mean we never leave at all", complained Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party.

The Irish and the European Union will also still need the backstop in the withdrawal agreement, which must be signed before the business of the trade deal can get under way.

"She has stuck to her principles", he said.

European Union leaders have warned that Britain may now crash out of the regional group in March without any agreement.

Britain's Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington said it was too early to estimate the cost of extending a Brexit transition period. "If it did help to reassure people that the backstop would never be activated, that would be a positive thing", said Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

"This is not a game - this affects the lives of millions across our continent...." I'm appalled at what this government has negotiated.

May conceded: "There will be more hard moments as we enter the final stages of the talks, but I'm convinced we will secure a good deal". "I remain confident for a good outcome and the last stage requires trust and leadership on both sides".

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