'Delay means delay' - Theresa May rules out Brexit extension

EU-League of Arab States Summit

EU-League of Arab States Summit

Mrs May's acknowledgement that she can not get a deal to put to MPs this week means there will now be a further series of votes in the Commons on an amendable Government motion on Wednesday.

"An extension first of all requires the United Kingdom to request such an extension, and secondly it requires the EU27 to agree on an extension unanimously", she said.

Rejecting calls for a delay, the Prime Minister said: "An extension to Article 50, a delay in this process, doesn't deliver a decision in Parliament, it doesn't deliver a deal".

According to the Daily Mail, three of the ministers involved in the mass revolt said they would be willing to back a move to force Mrs May to delay Brexit if her deal is not voted for. "All it does is precisely what the word "delay" says".

"It's within our grasp to leave with a deal on March 29 and that's where all of my energies are going to be focused", she said.

Speaking on his LBC show, the leading Brexiteer argued an extension of Article 50 - which Ms Rudd is urging the Prime Minister to ask European Union officials - "suits" Mrs May's Brexit agenda.

"We have it within our grasp".

Before too long, though, Parliament may make her respond.

'And we will be calling for legislation to underpin this mandate'. "What we need is some pitch-rolling for a short delay", one MP said.

Theresa May is set to propose ruling out a No Deal Brexit, it has been reported.

Antoinette Sandbach, a Conservative MP who supports the Cooper-Letwin amendment, said: "No deal must be ruled out this week. I think there is, as I say, the opportunity to leave with a deal on the 29th of March and that's what we're going to be working on".

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"From the prime minister that brought us "Brexit means Brexit", Maybot is now claiming that "any delay is a delay".

Among European politicians, several warned that time was running out and reflected gloomily on May's chances of winning enough support from hardline Eurosceptic Tories and the Democratic Unionist party to get her deal through parliament.

Dominic Grieve said: "We can't afford to crash out of the European Union without a deal, I know some of my other colleagues seem to think that's an acceptable solution if we can't agree a deal, but my view is that the consequences would be so damaging that we can't afford to let that happen".

Prime Minister Theresa May holding a bilateral meeting with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

You might have heard this one before: Theresa May has delayed the Commons vote on her Brexit deal.

"The less time there is until the 29th of March, the greater the likelihood of an extension".

"It would be possible to do it either way and I would hope that we have that meaningful vote by the 12th", she said.

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier will meet a United Kingdom team in Brussels on Tuesday "to take work further in this constructive spirit".

The two sides are drafting text that puts previous assurances of the temporary nature of the backstop, contained in letters from Tusk and Juncker late a year ago, into a legally-binding form.

At a press conference in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh, where she is attending an EU-League of Arab States summit, May was asked if members of the government would be allowed to back the Cooper plan.

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