LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit minister said on Wednesday he did not want Britain’s departure from the European Union to be delayed for up to a year but indicated he would accept one if it was flexible enough to allow an earlier exit.
“Well I don’t want to see a delay for up to a year,” Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay told BBC radio. “I don’t want to see a long extension.”
But he said the key thing was for Britain to have the option to leave the EU as soon as a Brexit divorce deal was approved by parliament.
On talks with the opposition Labour Party, he said a permanent customs union was not a good way forward. He said talks with Labour would continue on Thursday.
Reporting by Kate Holton; editing Guy Faulconbridge