UK Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has ruled out a delay of
Brexit, saying that British Prime Minister Theresa May still plans to carry
out the planned departure from the European Union next month.
Britain is slated to officially leave the bloc on March 29, 2019.
“The prime minister has been very clear that we are committed to leaving on
March 29,” he told BBC Radio. Barclay added that the EU may refuse to grant
an extension even if it was requested.
“There is no desire on the European side to see… an ‘extension in
darkness’, where there is no clarity as to why we are extending,” he said.
Warnings of a ‘no-deal’ scenario have become louder in recent weeks, as
British politicians continue to grapple over the terms of the separation.
As it stands, unless a deal is agreed, the United Kingdom will leave the EU
without any agreement on key issues like the movement of people, money, and
The abbreviation ‘Brexit’ refers to the UK’s decision in a 2016 referendum
to leave the European Union, which it joined in 1973.