Brexit: We would not block Article 50 extension if Theresa May asks for one, Irish government says

The Irish authorities has mentioned it could not “stand in the way in which” if the UK requested to increase the Article 50 negotiating interval, following reviews that British officers have sounded out the chance with their counterparts in Brussels.

The UK is claimed to be trying behind the scenes at the potential of delaying the Brexit date amid uncertainty about how the Brexit deal may get by way of parliament.

Talking in Dublin, Simon Coveney, the Irish international minister mentioned: “If it’s the case that in some level sooner or later the British Authorities seeks an extension of Article 50, that must have EU approval, however that’s not one thing we’d stand in the way in which of.”

The French authorities additionally left the door open to an extension, with its Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau telling reporters in Brussels: “I don’t work on hypotheticals. The present state of affairs is advanced sufficient. it has not been requested about by the British authorities.”

The Authorities has been emphatic that it doesn’t need to lengthen Article 50, however one minister, Margot James, mentioned for the primary time that “we would have to increase article 50” if the prime minister loses subsequent week’s parliamentary vote on the deal.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay mentioned on Tuesday morning: “I could be very clear that the federal government’s coverage is to go away on 29 March.”

The UK authorities is presently looking for additional “reassurances” in regards to the Brexit deal from the EU in an try to spice up the doc’s – apparently slim – probabilities of getting by way of parliament.

The EU has repeatedly categorically dominated out making any precise modifications to the deal, however there have been suggestion in Brussels that it may ship a letter 

Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, mentioned on Tuesday that he was “joyful to offer” contemporary reassurances. France’s Ms Loiseau nevertheless informed reporters that the EU had “repeatedly mentioned” it didn’t need the backstop to come back into impact, however that “these are political assurances however there’s nothing extra that we are able to do”.


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