The UK is considering an extension of the Brexit transition period by “a matter of months” in order to break a deadlock in talks with Brussels on the Irish border.
While talking to reporters in Brussels today after a meeting with other EU leaders, May said that extending the transition period “has now emerged” as “a further idea” in the Brexit negotiations.
“A further idea emerged, it is an idea, to create an option to extend the implementation period for a matter of months and only a matter of months”, Mrs May said. “This is not expected to be used, we are working to ensure we have that future relationship in place by end of December 2020.”
“In those circumstances there would be no need for any proposal of this sort”.
The UK leaves the EU in March next year.