Need more time, May tells MPs ahead of Feb 14 vote

The New Indian Express - - WORLD -

THE Bri­tish govern­ment sought to win more time on Sun­day to se­cure EU con­ces­sions that could pass par­lia­ment and avert a chaotic split from the bloc on March 29. Busi­nesses and gov­ern­ments are on edge be­cause Bri­tain is just weeks away from its sched­uled de­par­ture from the Euro­pean project af­ter 46 years and still has no firm ar­range­ments in place. The UK par­lia­ment last month roundly re­jected a Brexit deal Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May had sealed with the re­main­ing 27 EU lead­ers. MPs are set to vote on Bri­tain’s Brexit op­tions on Fe­bru­ary 14. But a mem­ber of May’s cabi­net pledged on Sun­day to give par­lia­ment a fur­ther bal­lot two weeks later — a mea­sure meant to give her more time for talks with the EU. Her meet­ings in Brus­sels on Thurs­day made no break­through.

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