Brexit minister rules out article 50 extension

Feb 13, 2019, 5:18 AM EST
(Source: Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916/flickr)
(Source: Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916/flickr)

Within hours after Theresa May’s chief Brexit negotiator Olly Robbins was overheard saying that British lawmakers will have to choose between the prime minister’s deal and a long delay in Brexit, Stephen Barclay, Brexit Secretary, clarified that the government isn’t considering an extension of article 50.

While Barclay refused to comment specifically on Robbins’ remarks, he said that extending article 50 without any clarity would serve no one’s interest and would be disruptive for the European parliament, writes The Guardian.

Robbins’ comment stands at odds with May’s consistent stance that the U.K. will exit the bloc on March 29 deadline, with or without a Brexit deal, notes Reuters. The remarks by one of May’s most senior officials not only undermine her negotiating position but also reflect magnitude of Brexit crisis.