Prime Minister Theresa May will request a short delay to Brexit on Wednesday after her failure to get a divorce deal ratified left the United Kingdom’s divorce from the European Union in turmoil.
The delay, nearly three years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, leaves the Brexit divorce uncertain with options including leaving with May’s deal, a longer delay, a disruptive exit or even another referendum.
Just nine days before the March 29 exit date that May set two years ago by serving the formal Article 50 divorce papers, the prime minister is due to write to European Council President Donald Tusk to ask for a delay.
May “won’t be asking for a long extension,’’ said a source in her Downing Street office, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The divorce deal May agreed with the EU in November has been defeated twice by parliament, though May hopes to put the deal to another vote, possibly soon.
“There is a case for giving…