February 26, 2019 / 3:03 PM / 20 days ago

EU lawmaker: Britain must seek Brexit delay if deal not approved on March 12

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain will have to ask the European Union to delay Brexit if their divorce agreement is not ratified by the House of Commons on March 12, said an EU lawmaker who deals with Brexit.

“A no-deal Brexit would be so damaging to people’s jobs, lives and the economy on both sides of the Channel that it is utterly irresponsible to even consider it a possibility,” said the Belgian Green lawmaker, Philippe Lamberts.

“If the Withdrawal Agreement fails to gain support in the House of Commons on March 12th, then the UK must ask for an extension to Article 50 with a credible plan for holding a people’s vote on the final deal that includes an option to remain.”

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska

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