May says will speed up ratification of Brexit deal if time is tight

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May reacts during her meeting with Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat inside 10 Downing Street in central London, Britain, February 11, 2019. Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – The government will seek to speed up the ratification of its Brexit deal with the European Union if time gets too tight to pass legislation before Britain’s March 29 exit day, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.

May told ministers earlier on Tuesday that parliament, which last month roundly rejected her Brexit deal, would not vote on a revised deal this week. Media have reported a fresh vote is not expected until late February at the earliest.

Parliamentary experts have said that even if May succeeds in getting a deal approved by lawmakers, Britain may need to request an extension to the Article 50 exit negotiation period in order to approve necessary legislation.

After it has voted to support her deal, parliament must also pass a law — the Withdrawal Agreement Bill — formally ratifying the agreement.

Asked by a lawmaker whether an extension was now inevitable due to a leg


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