PRIME Minister Theresa May will beg Brussels for a Brexit delay, according to reports.
This means Britain won’t leave the E.U. on the 29th March, Brexit Day.
In a letter to European Council president Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister will ask for a three-month extension, to June 30 in the hope of securing approval from MPs for her Withdrawal Agreement.
A Number 10 source said: “PM won’t be asking for a long extension.
“There is a case for giving Parliament a bit more time to agree a way forward, but the people of this country have been waiting nearly three years now.
“They are fed up with Parliament’s failure to take a decision and the PM shares their frustration.”
Mrs May’s move comes exactly 1,000 days after the referendum of June 23 2016, which delivered a 52%-48% majority for leaving the EU.
It will dismay hardline Leavers still hoping for a no-deal “clean Brexit” on the scheduled withdrawal date of March 29.
Tory tensions came to the fore at a fractious Cabinet discussion of the planned letter on Tuesday.
Any request for extra time is subject to unanimous approval by leaders of the remaining 27 EU states at a meeting in Brussels on Thursday.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said he had not received Mrs May’s letter, but was hoping for “clarity” from the UK on the way forward.
He suggested that agreement on an extension to Article 50 might not be reached at this week’s European Council summit, and that EU leaders might have to meet again next week to finalise it.
Speaking to German radio station DRF, Mr Juncker said: “We will probably have to meet again next week, because Mrs May has not got agreement for anything either in her Cabinet or her Parliament.
“As long as we don’t know what Great Britain will say Yes to, we can’t come to a resolution.”
Mr Juncker said the EU had already moved a long way to accommodate the UK’s demands, and there would be “no more negotiations”.
“I am ready for any movement, but we have already moved intensively towards Britain,” he said, adding: “There isn’t any more.”
Parts of this article courtesy of Press Association