Merkel vows to ‘fight to last hour’ for orderly Brexit

May tries to save Brexit plan after speaker’s bombshell

20 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she would struggle until the last possible moment to achieve an orderly Brexit, saying the interests of Germany, Britain and the EU were at stake, reports AFP.

“I will fight to the last hour of the deadline on March 29 for an orderly exit (of Britain from the European Union),” she told a conference in Berlin.

“We don’t have a lot of time for it but still have a few days.”

Merkel admitted she had been surprised by the bombshell announcement on Monday by House of Commons speaker John Bercow that he could not put Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan to another vote in its current form.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May held crisis talks with her ministers Tuesday after the speaker of parliament threatened to derail her EU withdrawal plan just 10 days before Brexit day, leaving her strategy in tatters, reports AFP.

May is still hoping she can get the divorce agreement she struck with the European Union through parliament before March 29, despite MPs having rejected it twice.