Brexit will almost certainly be delayed, one way or the other.

Following the Prime Minister’s statement today local MEP Jonathan Arnott said, “Theresa May’s statement today makes it clear – but not in so many words – that Brexit will almost certainly be delayed, one way or the other.

“IF her deal passes on March 12th, it is likely that there will be a need for a so-called ‘technical extension’ to pass legislation.

“IF the deal doesn’t pass, Parliament will reject no-deal on March 13th; on March 14th the government will seek to delay Brexit until June.

“The British people voted for Brexit in 2016. I am hugely uneasy about the message that this sends to the 17.4 million who legitimately expected that their votes would not be ignored.

“A delay to Brexit to secure a good deal with the EU would be distasteful enough. But a delay to Brexit which seeks to ensure a bad deal that would bind and limit the UK for generations to come, is utterly intolerable,” said Mr Arnott, Independent MEP for the North East.