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LONDON – Theresa May is facing growing calls to say she would delay Brexit rather than leave the EU if no deal is in place by the end of March.

A new plan from some Tory MPs suggests ministers postpone Brexit until 23 May “to conclude negotiations”.

It is being suggested as an alternative to cross-party proposals which would see MPs take control of the process.

Dutch PM Mark Rutte warned May the UK was “sleepwalking into a no-deal scenario” and needed to “wake up”.

May announced on Sunday that MPs will get a fresh vote on her deal by March 12, vowing that leaving as planned 17 days later was “within our grasp”.

But many MPs had wanted another socalled “meaningful vote” sooner than that, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested May was “running down the clock” until a time when MPs were forced “to choose between her bad deal and a disastrous no deal”.

Her announcement also provoked disappointment among business leaders, who are clamouring for certainty about what is to come. (BBC)

THERESA MAY (FP)

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