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Theresa May could be forced to delay Brexit admits one of her ministers

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LONDON — Theresa May could be forced to delay Brexit in order to prevent crashing out of the European Union without a deal, one of her minister’s admitted on Monday.

The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU at the end of March this year.

However, Conservative Digital Minister Margot James told the BBC on Monday that the UK government could be forced to seek an extension if MPs vote down the prime minister’s deal with the EU this month.

James told the BBC that she hoped MPs would get behind May’s deal, but added: “If that proves to be impossible then I think we have very little time left, but we might have to extend Article 50.

“But I think it’s very unlikely that Parliament will actually stare down the barrel of that particular gun. And I think it’s far more likely that Parliament will get behind the deal.”

Downing Street has repeatedly insisted that the UK will leave the EU at the end of the Article 50 exit process.

However, with more than a hundred Conservative MPs pledged to vote against her deal and seven Brexit-related pieces of legislation yet to pass through Parliament, pressure is growing on the prime minister to seek an extension.

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