The prime minister will be writing to the European Council president Donald Tusk on Friday, to request another extension to Article 50, a Downing Street source has said.
The extension could be for a further year, as Tusk told EU officials to consider offering Theresa May a “flextension” to the Article 50 timetable. This will set the new Brexit date to31 March 2020.
Tusk is preparing to put this to EU leaders at a crunch summit next Wednesday to prevent the UK crashing out with a no-deal, according to the BBC.
Last month former prime minister Gordon Brown also said, Brexit should be delayed for up to a year in a bid to prevent an “impeding national disaster.”
The year delay will enable the government to give proper consideration of the UK’s future relationship with Brussels, Brown said.
Brown said that the extension will allow MPs to listen to the public through “citizens consultation” over the current Brexit proposals.