Downing Street admits Britain in ‘crisis’ as Theresa May requests delay

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Latest news in UK: Published March 19, 2019 02:10:09 PM

Theresa May is expected to send a letter to Donald Tusk today or
tomorrow requesting a delay after a fractious 90-minute discussion by
the Tory Cabinet

Britain is in a “crisis” over Brexit, Downing Street admitted today as
Theresa May prepares to lodge a formal request to delay leaving the EU.

The Prime Minister will write to European Council Donald Tusk today or
tomorrow to formally request a delay in the Brexit process.

It comes after Speaker John Bercow killed off Mrs May’s plans to hold a
third vote on her Brexit deal before an EU summit this Thursday.

Ministers discussed Mr Bercow’s shock statement and this Thursday’s
council meeting for 90 minutes at this morning’s Cabinet meeting,
described by a source as “quite punchy”.

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom “tore into” colleagues and blasted “this
is now a Remain Cabinet, not a Brexit Cabinet” according the the BBC.

The PM’s spokesman said: “They had a full discussion which covered both
the implications of the Speaker’s comments yesterday and the upcoming
European Council.”

It is thought Theresa May’s letter will contain a proposed date for a
delay to Brexit.

But Downing Street repeatedly refused to confirm any details about it,
or whether it was agreed unanimously by the Cabinet.

The PM’s official spokesman refused to say if collective responsibility
would apply to the contents of the letter, but insisted it “sets out the
position of the UK government.”

Asked if the UK was now in a “constitutional crisis”, the Prime
Minister’s official spokesman said: “If you were to look back to the
speech which the Prime Minister gave just before Meaningful Vote 2, she
said that if MPs did not support Meaningful Vote 2 we would be in a
crisis.

“And I think events yesterday tell you that that situation has come to
pass.”

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