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UK prime minister expresses regret over Brexit delay

March 21, 1:56 UTC+3 LONDON

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said that "it is high time we made a decision" on Brexit

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May

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LONDON, March 20. /TASS/. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed regret over delaying Brexit.

"This delay is a matter of great personal regret for me," May said in a televised address on Wednesday.

"So today I have written to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, to request an extension of Article 50, up to June 30, to give MPs the time to make a final choice," she continued.

"Do they want to leave the EU, with a deal that delivers on the result of the referendum, that takes back control of our money, borders, and laws, while protecting jobs and our national security? Do they want to leave without a deal? Or do they not want to leave at all, causing pontentially irreparable damage to public trust?" May wondered.

"It is high time we made a decision," she stressed. "So far parliament has done everything possible to avoid making a choice. Motion after motion and amendment after amendment has been tabled without parliament ever deciding what it wants. All MPs have been willing to say is what they do not want," she noted.

"I passionately hope MPs will find a way to back the deal I've negotiated with the EU," May said adding that she is "not prepared to delay Brexit any further than June 30.".

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