'No guarantees' on further Article 50 extensions

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The education secretary has refused to guarantee further Article 50 extensions will not be sought.

Theresa May will ask EU leaders to grant a short extension to Article 50, after pro-Leave cabinet colleagues threatened to revolt if a long extension was sought.

Speaking to talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, Damian Hinds said it was impossible to guarantee whether this extension would be the only one.

 

 

Mr Hinds said: “Right now as we sit here I can't guarantee to you exactly what is going to happen because it hasn’t been negotiated yet.

“We are not planning on requesting further extensions, but if you asked me three months ago what I could and couldn’t rule out, the world looked a very different place.”

 

May doing a 'remarkable job'

Mr Hinds also denied that senior 1922 Committee figures were meeting today with Mrs May in an attempt to oust her.

He added that regular meetings between the committee and the party leadership were all part of “regular party communications”.

He added: “I can’t think of anybody else who would have had anything like the tenacity and the determination through this process and I look forward to her continuing this effort for these important decisions to come.”