The Latest: Merkel not ready to comment on Brexit delay

The Latest: Merkel not ready to comment on Brexit delay

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

2 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel isn't saying how long she thinks a possible delay to Brexit should be, arguing that it's up to the British Parliament first to provide direction on what happens next.

U.K. lawmakers are to vote Wednesday on whether Britain should leave the European Union March 29 with no deal. If it rejects that idea, it will vote Thursday on whether to delay its departure.

Merkel stressed Wednesday that "it is in our mutual interest that we achieve an orderly departure," though "the options have of course become fewer" after British lawmakers rejected the painstakingly negotiated EU divorce deal.

But she wouldn't be drawn on details of the next move. She said: "I will only say be able to say exactly what will happen next when I have seen the next two days with the British votes, which will perhaps give us a bit of direction on what direction we can think in."

Published on: Mar 13, 2019 13:05:46

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