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08 January 2019

The Daily Telegraph: British officials 'putting out feelers' with EU for Article 50 extension

British and European officials are discussing the possibility of extending Article 50 amid fears a Brexit deal will not be completed by March 29, the Telegraph can reveal.

Three separate EU sources confirmed that UK officials had been “putting out feelers” and “testing the waters” on an Article 50 extension, even as the Government said it had no intention of asking to extend the negotiating period.

The discreet diplomatic contacts, described by one source as officials “just doing their homework”, emerged as a minister broke ranks for the first time to raise the possibility of extending the talks.

Margot James, the digital minister, admitted that “we might have to extend Article 50” [...]  

Full article on The Telegraph

Related article on EurActiv: EU open to Brexit delay, but asks: ‘What for?’

Related article on POLITICO: Brexit secretary denies UK seeks Article 50 extension

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