March 15, 2019 / 8:15 AM / 4 months ago

UK wants orderly Brexit but default is to exit on March 29 - Lidington

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain wants an orderly exit from the European Union but the legal default is still to leave on March 29 unless an alternative solution is put in place, Prime Minister Theresa May’s de-facto deputy said on Friday.

“I hope still we can leave as soon as possible in an orderly fashion but that depends upon parliamentary approval both in principle of a withdrawal agreement but also then the implementing legislation that has to follow before lawfully we can ratify that treaty,” David Lidington told BBC radio.

“By the end of March we have to have an alternative in place, not just a resolution of the House of Commons, a preference, but a solution in place that enables us to have an extension so there isn’t crash out on March 29.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden

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