Brexit Delay Possible After New Proposal

March 1, 2019 Kaitlyn Smethurst

On Tuesday, February 26, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she would allow the members of Parliament (MPs) to vote on a delay of Brexit under Article 50 of the Treaty regulating the procedures under which a country can leave the European Union (EU). This vote would be taken if no progress is made on Theresa May's exit agreement with the EU, and if the MPs vote down a proposal to move forward with leaving the EU without an agreement.  May has promised the MPs a revised exit agreement, which she has been negotiating with the EU Council, by March 12th for a vote. If this agreement is not passed by Parliament on the 12th, then another vote would occur on March 14th to consider either moving forward with "hard-Brexit" or to extend Article 50. The MPs are set to debate the new Article 50 proposal during the February 27, 2019, session. 

About the Author

Katie Smethurst is a Junior Regulatory Counsel at Sovos. Within Sovos’ Regulatory Counsel function, Katie focuses primarily on international and U.S. based indirect tax research and analysis. Katie is a member of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Bars, earned her B.A. from Roger Williams University and earned her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

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