May plans to delay Brexit by two months: Official

Feb 25, 2019, 6:19 AM EST
British Prime Minister Theresa May is due to update the Commons on Brexit on Tuesday.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel briefly discussed delaying Brexit on the sidelines of an E.U.-Arab League summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

With March 29 deadline approaching, May faces the daunting task of convincing the E.U. to make changes in the Brexit withdrawal agreement over the contentious Irish backstop arrangement.

It has emerged that May has drawn up a plan to delay Brexit for up to two months although she considers the move would only “defer the point of decision” rather than resolving the crisis, writes Mirror.

A failure to extract E.U. concessions to make her deal more palatable to the bitterly divided British lawmakers and build a consensus could lead to the U.K. crashing out of the bloc without a deal, a scenario that could be disastrous for the country’s economy. May is due to update the Commons on Brexit on Tuesday, and the British lawmakers will vote on Brexit deal on March 12, notes The Guardian.