The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the EU will offer to extend Article 50 beyond March next year if Theresa May loses the Parliamentary vote on the Withdrawal Agreement.
May is due to travel to Brussels on December 13th, two days after the Parliamentary vote on the 11th. The report quotes ‘EU Sources’ saying EU leaders “would be open to the idea of extending the Article 50 process if it meant avoiding a no-deal Brexit.”
She has been desperately scrambling to save the deal but one proposed compromise to make the activation of the backstop contingent on a vote by MP’s had cold water poured over it by Nigel Dodds the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. Speaking on the Peston show he said such a mechanism changed nothing.
Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP’s leader, meanwhile condemned the ‘game of deceit’ taking place in Westminster: “The political establishment is presenting the people with a Hobson’s Choice – either accept the ‘not really leaving the EU deal’, or simply stop Brexit.”