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Austrian leader suggests postponing Brexit date

'Postponing withdrawal date by couple of months could be conceivable,' says Sebastian Kurz in wake of tumultuous week

19.01.2019
Austrian leader suggests postponing Brexit date

By Askin Kiyagan

VIENNA

Following a tumultuous week on the Brexit front, Austria's chancellor on Saturday proposed postponing the date the divorce goes live.

“If London presents a proper strategy and a plan, then postponing the withdrawal date by a couple of months could be conceivable,” Sebastian Kurz told German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag.

The U.K. is set to leave the EU on March 29.

Kurz also stressed that a "hard and disorderly" Brexit would harm both the U.K. and the EU, adding: "But we are prepared for that too."

After a historic parliamentary defeat Tuesday for the Brexit deal, Prime Minister Theresa May is set to present her Plan B on Jan. 29, ahead of a new vote.

The EU has signaled it will accelerate its preparations for a "no deal Brexit" while insisting Britain clarify its intentions as soon as possible.

According to a recent poll, 56 percent of the British electorate said they would vote to remain in the EU, giving Remain a 12-point lead, the largest since the 2016 referendum.

British voters narrowly decided in June 2016 to leave the EU, in a vote many charged was marred by misinformation and manipulation.

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