Brexit delayed for second time as Theresa May asks for further extension of Article 50

Theresa May has said Brexit will be delayed for a second time.

Speaking after seven hours of talks the Prime Minister offered to meet Jeremy Corbyn to come up with a plan for Brexit.

The UK had been due to leave the European Union on March 29 but following a failure to reach a deal Brexit was delayed until April 12.

But on April 2 the Prime Minister told the nation she was requesting a further extension of Article 50.

Cabinet ministers arrived at Number 10 at around 9am for what was originally due to be a five-hour meeting.

Mrs May said she hoped to agree a deal with Mr Corbyn which could be put to the Commons for approval before the April 10 European Council summit, but, if that cannot be achieved, then a number of alternative options could be put to the vote.

Insisting that any resolution should take the UK out of the EU by May 22, Mrs May said: "This is a decisive moment in the story of these islands and it will require national unity to deliver the national interest."

Mrs May said: "I have always been clear that we could make a success of no-deal in the long term but leaving with a deal is the best solution.

"So we will need a further extension of Article 50 – one that is as short as possible and which ends when we pass a deal.

"And we need to be clear what such an extension is for: to ensure we leave in a timely and orderly way.

"This debate, this division, cannot drag on much longer."

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