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MAY’S BREXIT DELAY: PM abandons plans to fix Brexit date into law

THERESA MAY has said she would permit a short delay to Britain’s departure from the European Union in exceptional circumstances, after dropping plans to fix the exit date into law.

The decision is a compromise with Conservative members of parliament who last week rebelled in parliament and inflicted an embarrassing defeat on May during a debate on the legislation which will end Britain’s EU membership.

May had been headed for a second defeat later on Wednesday after several members of her party said they would vote against writing the date of Britain’s EU exit, March 29, 2019, into law.

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Rebels had signalled they would be prepared to back down if a proviso was added to the bill allowing that date to be changed if necessary.

Speaking ahead of an eight-hour debate on the legislation, May told parliament she would accept the compromise.

“We have accepted the amendment… but I can assure …(members of parliament) that we would only use this power in exceptional circumstances, for the shortest possible time,” May said.

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