UK lawmakers suggest postponing Brexit in committee report

DW – March 18, 2018

The UK must consider delaying the country’s departure from the EU in the event that key issues are not resolved, said the House of Commons’ Exiting the European Union Committee in a report published Sunday.

“If substantial aspects of the future partnership remain to be agreed in October 2018, the government should seek a limited extension to the Article 50 time,” said the committee, which contains lawmakers from all parties represented in parliament.

Labour lawmaker Hilary Benn, who chairs the committee, said the British government has yet to provide concrete solutions to major issues, including the Irish border. London and Brussels have agreed that Brexit should not undermine the island’s peace by erecting a hard border.

“The government must now come forward with credible, detailed proposals as to how it can operate a ‘frictionless border’ between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland,” said Benn.

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