British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Parliament on March 27, 2019 | Jack Taylor via Getty Images
Theresa May warns of ‘stark choice’ between a deal and no Brexit
‘The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all,’ says British PM.
Updated 4/7/19, 11:45 AM CET
British Prime Minister Theresa May made another appeal to British MPs to back a Brexit deal, warning them that the country risks not leaving the European Union at all.
“Because Parliament has made clear it will stop the U.K. leaving without a deal, we now have a stark choice: leave the European Union with a deal or do not leave at all,” May said in a statement late Saturday.
“The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the U.K. never leaving at all,” she said. “It would mean letting the Brexit the British people voted for slip through our fingers … I will not stand for that.”
The prime minister is currently in talks with the opposition Labour Party to try to garner enough parliamentary support for a Brexit deal. The U.K. is set to leave the EU on April 12, but the prime minister has asked the EU for an extension until June 30. EU leaders are expected to discuss next steps at a special European Council summit on Wednesday.
The Sunday Times newspaper reported Sunday that May is drawing up plans to “rewrite the government’s withdrawal bill to enshrine a customs arrangement in law”