Theresa May to ask for Brexit delay, 1,000 days since referendum

Theresa May to ask for Brexit delay, 1,000 days since referendum


Theresa May is preparing to formally ask the EU to delay Brexit, 1,000 days since Britons voted to leave the EU.

The prime minister will on Wednesday send a letter to Brussels revealing her preference for either a short or long extension of Article 50 – the legal mechanism to take the UK out of the bloc.

But she could face a potential cabinet split, and the threat that such a request will be rejected.

Leaflets delivered recently to British households, relating to the forthcoming European Union (EU) referendum, are arranged for a photograph in London on May 31, 2016. Money is at the heart of many a battle, and the June 23, 2016 referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union or quit is no exception. Voters are being hit with a blizzard of statistics from the 'Remain' and 'Leave' camps, often produced selectively to boost their side of the argument.
Image:The PM’s letter will come 1,000 days since the 2016 referendum

With just nine days until 29 March – the Brexit date Mrs May promised for years – she has not yet convinced MPs to ratify her deal.

But after Brexiteers and Remainers last week, and the Speaker, Mrs May promised to formally write a letter asking Brussels for a Brexit delay.

She will follow it up with a trip to the Belgian capital on Thursday for a summit with EU leaders.

The move threatens to tear her government apart, Bloomberg reporting pro-Brexit ministers met on Tuesday night to plan how they could block a long delay.


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