Hunt says we might need ‘extra time’ to pass critical Brexit legislation


Foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt has said Thursday, that a possible delay in the UK’s Brexit departure deadline will depend on the progress made by MPs.

Hunt said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “It is true that if we ended up approving the deal in the days before the 29 March, then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation.

“But if we are able to make progress sooner, then that might not be necessary.

“We can’t know at this stage exactly which of those scenarios would happen.”

The UK is to leave the EU at 23:00 on 29 March 2019, however commons leader, Andrea Leadsom said earlier this month that the EU may grant a “couple of extra weeks” beyond the deadline.

Downing Street has said no extension to the Brexit deadline is being considered as the government are “committed to doing whatever it takes to have the statute books ready for when we leave the EU on 29 March this year.”