Brexiteer Cabinet Minister Andrea Leadsom has set out her firm opposition to any delay to the UK’s exit from the European Union, pointing out how it would be “seen as a complete betrayal”.
Asked by ITV’s Robert Peston if she could conceive of circumstances where Brexit is delayed beyond 29th March 2019, Leadsom was emphatic: “No. If you imagine if you delayed, even if you felt that that was the right thing to do – which I most definitely do not as a democrat I think we would never be forgiven – but if you did delay for a short period of time you’d be into European Elections.
“You’d have to consider if the UK would fight European Elections, it would be seen as a complete betrayal.”
Leader of the House of Commons @andrealeadsom says the UK must leave the EU on the 29th March and she cannot conceive of any circumstances where it would be right to delay. #Peston pic.twitter.com/RkXjxPEH5g
— Peston (@itvpeston) January 9, 2019
There have been rumours of a potential Brexit delay, something the government have sought to deny. Then again, we know how quickly things can change with this administration.
Theresa May has repeatedly reiterated that the UK will leave the EU on 29th March 2019. The UK must leave, deal or No Deal. If May betrayed the British public on this, what credibility she has left would be completely shattered.