European Council President Donald Tusk has suggested Britain could delay its withdrawal from the European Union amid increasing concerns about a hard Brexit on March 29 that could seriously harm businesses and affect jobs in the country and in the EU.
Tusk, whose body coordinates positions of EU leaders, said Monday that Britain could extend the Article 50 of EU’s Lisbon treaty, a mechanism London triggered three years ago to leave the bloc, if London wanted to ensure that Brexit would be smooth and orderly.
Turks said he had discussed the legal procedure needed to extend Britain’s membership beyond the end of March during talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Egypt, where the two are attending a summit of EU and Arab leaders.
The top EU official said a current political stalemate over Brexit in the British parliament meant that extending negotiations would be a “rational solution.”
Lawmakers in the House of Commons…