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EU open but wary on British interest in Brexit delay


Added 01-10-19 04:04:02am EST - “(This version of the January 8th story deletes reference to maximum exit deadline delay, paragraph 9) By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is looking at how Brexit might be postponed and is open to the idea,…” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “EU open but wary on British interest in Brexit delay”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(This version of the January 8th story deletes reference to maximum exit deadline delay, paragraph 9)

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is looking at how Brexit might be postponed and is open to the idea, with EU officials talking of delays from a few weeks to a full year, but it questions whether any such move can prevent a divided nation crashing out in chaos.

Senior representatives of member states and EU institutions in Brussels who are close to negotiations told Reuters that an extension to the March 29 deadline for Britain to leave the bloc was becoming more likely as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to win parliamentary backing for a treaty she agreed last month.

"It's probably the most likely outcome now," said one senior official who said EU leaders now expected May to either lose a vote on the withdrawal agreement due next Tuesday -- or to postpone a reckoning with lawmakers, as she did a month ago.

"We can, of course, postpone Brexit. No one wants a no- deal," said a second. "But the question would remain - what is it for? To hold a general election? Another referendum?"

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