The Prime Minister wrote in The Sunday Telegraph that if Parliament can find a way to back the Brexit deal before next week’s meeting then “the UK will leave the EU this spring”. Mrs May also promised that if a deal was agreed then the UK would not have to take part in upcoming European elections, allowing the nation to get on with building a “future relationship with the EU”. She argued failure to back her agreement would lead to “undesirable alternatives” which include not leaving the EU on March 29. However, the Prime Minister also listed other alternatives which include the prospect of a second referendum, a general election or the “increased possibility of leaving without a deal”.
In her scathing response to last week’s events, Mrs May admitted she would “have to do more to convince others” to back her improved deal which included the DUP.
Last week MPs voted against leaving the EU without a deal, but Mrs May stated this vote does not change the fact that failing to agree on a deal “ultimately means we leave without one”.
She said: “If Parliament can agree the deal before the European Council on March 21, we will seek a short technical extension to pass the necessary legislation.
“That is not an ideal outcome – we could and should have been leaving the EU on 29 March.
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“But it is something the British people would accept if it led swiftly to delivering Brexit.”
Mrs May also confirmed the prospect of a second referendum is still possible.
However, she said this option seemed “highly unlikely” to command a majority in the House of Commons in the future.
It comes after this week saw the future of post-Brexit Britain hang in the balance.
Following a Commons vote by MPs, Mrs May was given the go-ahead to extend Article 50.
Brussels has suggested a short extension of a few months could be possible.
However, EU President Donald Tusk warned there could be a far longer two-year extension period which would mean the UK would be unlikely to leave until 2021.