EU leaders ‘prepared to delay Brexit until JULY to give Theresa May time to get deal through Parliament’

The British government is expected to ask for an extension to Article 50 – triggering UK’s divorce from Europe

EU leaders are prepared to delay Brexit until July because Parliament can’t agree a deal, it has been claimed.

Brussels reportedly expects the British Government to ask for an extension to Article 50 – which triggered UK’s divorce from Europe.

Theresa May’s strategy is expected to be voted down in the Commons tomorrow – although the PM is today publishing new pledges from the EU in a last-ditch bid to save her deal.

An EU source told the Guardian: “Should the Prime Minister survive and inform us that she needs more time to win round Parliament to a deal, a technical extension up to July will be offered.”

If an extension is not granted at a special summit, the UK would have to leave the EU without a deal on March 29.

But if it is postponed, it could clash with the European Parliament elections in May.

Although Britain is not expected to take part, it will have to provide members when the new European Parliament meets in July.

It comes as we reveal twelve ex-ministers have written to all Tory MPs calling on them to vote down Theresa May’s deal tomorrow in a 24-hour battle to save Brexit.

The dozen, including Boris Johnson, demand in their Plan B letter that the PM issue the EU with a final ultimatum for a better deal when hers is voted down on Tuesday – and then leave without one.

Their explosive intervention comes as the PM also today declares there are just 24 hours left to save Brexit ahead of the landmark Commons showdown over it tomorrow night.

A reversal of the referendum decision rather than no deal is now the most likely outcome if her divorce agreement with Brussels falls, Mrs May will insist.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour is under pressure to put a vote of no confidence to May, possibly triggering a general election.

Yesterday former PM Sir John Major, called for Article 50 to be revoked.

He said it would be “morally reprehensible” to slip into a no-deal Brexit.

Major said: “Jumping off a cliff never has a happy ending.”

Labour is also facing calls to put forward a vote of no confidence in Mrs May and a general election could take place should the Government lose.


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