Why even Conservative Brexiteers now accept that Brexit will be delayed
Conservative MPs believe that the government will need to delay Brexit if the prime minister secures a deal.
“It is absolutely impossible for the government to deliver anything other than a no-deal Brexit by March 29,” a Conservative MP told Business Insider.
Several Cabinet ministers have already publicly raised the prospect of a delay, including chancellor Philip Hammond and trade secretary Liam Fox.
Even Brexiteers like Jacob Rees-Mogg admit that an Article 50 extension should now be considered.
LONDON — Growing numbers of Conservative MPs now accept that Brexit will inevitably be delayed and Article 50 extended, even if the prime minister secures a deal.
Tory MPs told Business Insider that there is now widespread acceptance that the government will not be able to pass the raft of Brexit-related legislation which is still making its way through parliament in time for March 29, meaning Theresa May will need to seek a short-term technical extension of Article 50 to buy extra time.
“It is absolutely impossible for the government to deliver anything other than a no-deal Brexit by March 29,” said one Conservative MP and former minister who voted against the prime minister’s deal in January.
The government still needs to pass several pieces of major legislation — including the hugely complex Withdrawal Bill — and make hundreds of changes to existing law before it leaves the EU in March.
MPs say a short-term extension of up to three months will be necessary to push the legislation through, pointing out that bills are often held up in the House of Lords, something which is beyond the control of the Commons.
There is also concern that the potentially controversial content of the Withdrawal Bill means its passage through the Commons will also be held up.
“This is not uncontroversial stuff,” said a Tory MP.
“It’s quite remarkable that the government says it …read more
Source:: Business Insider