Hours before a crucial EU summit to discuss the UK’s request to delay Brexit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told lawmakers that "we will discuss which sort of extension we will give to the UK -- it could well be possible that this might be a longer period than the British Prime Minster is asking for.’’
Merkel explained that if MPs in Westminster agree a Brexit deal, the UK can then leave the bloc quickly.
Merkel added: "We will discuss tonight that we will give the UK more time and we also have our expectations.’’
Merkel said a longer extension to Brexit would be tied to the UK taking part in the European elections in May and would be contingent upon the UK’s willingness to participate constructively in EU matters until the point at which it exits the European Union.
I am saying, for the German government, that a disorderly departure [of the UK from the EU] is not in our interest," Merkel told the Bundestag earlier Wednesday.
The German Chancellor said she was glad Prime Minister Theresa May had visited her in Berlin on Tuesday, saying May had "assured us one more time of her firm intention to find a solution out of this difficult situation together with the opposition.”
Merkel went on to say that she would like to give both parties in the UK more time to arrange an orderly Brexit.