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Concerns of possible Brexit delay growing among British public

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Reuters London, UK Feb 27, 2019, 06.32 PM (IST)

Concerns are growing among the British public as the Brexit deadline day draws ever nearer, with confusion and uncertainty continuing as the possibility of the March 29 exit date being delayed increases.

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday that if the Brexit deal cannot be passed through parliament, then the question would be put to MPs to decide whether Britain will leave the European Union with no deal or vote to postpone Brexit.

Those on both sides of the debate are unhappy with May's handling of the issue, with leave campaigners particularly frustrated that the prime minister could go back on her word.

"She has said hundreds of times that we will leave the European Union on March 29. If she does not do that, there will be serious problems. She will have broken her promise. And also the law as it stands is that we are supposed to leave on that day. My concern is that we will just drag on and on and on. It will never be resolved," said a Brexit supporter surnamed King.

Many have also been disappointed by the plague of uncertainty which has hampered businesses in the country during the Brexit negotiation stage.

"Any businessman plans years ahead for how they are going to invest. They don't sit down and wait for her to say 'perhaps next week you will get an opportunity to vote'. They needed to know two years ago what their intentions were," said another disgruntled resident in London.

Meanwhile, the fear of the potential problems that a no deal Brexit could inflict on ordinary people is also one of the major talking points.

"There are lots of people within parliament that actually would be very happy for us to crash out with no deal cause they won't hurt. It'll be the ordinary people that hurt and they don't care. Well, I'm hopeful that we'll get a referendum on May's deal. That'll be a choice given to us between her deal and remain. And I shall be voting for remain," said Roy Morton, another resident.
 

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British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday that if the Brexit deal cannot be passed through parliament, then the question would be put to MPs to decide whether Britain will leave the European Union with no deal or vote to postpone Brexit.