Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed that the EU could approve Britain’s request for a short extension to Brexit. Merkel told German lawmakers that the EU could back a delay if British lawmakers passed the British prime minister’s withdrawal deal in a vote next week. This despite the fact that it has already been rejected twice. Chancellor Merkel’s comments were part of a policy speech to the German parliament ahead of an EU summit that starts today in Brussels. She began her speech by saying she favored a delay if it meant an orderly Brexit that was able to resolve the issues surrounding the Irish border.
Meanwhile British prime minister Theresa May used a national TV address to give her fellow parliamentarians a good telling off.
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For months, Theresa May has ruled out any extension to the Brexit process. But today, in the face of opposition from within her own cabinet, she blinked. (Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe)
She told the Commons that if MPs reject her Brexit deal next month, then they will get to vote on whether Britain should leave with no deal or have a short delay. The concession came with the warning that delaying Brexit could bring about a “much sharper cliff-edge” just three months later. Fresh from his own Brexit policy U-turn, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said her policy was “grotesquely reckless”.
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