Theresa May is under growing public pressure from senior members of her government to rule out leaving the EU without a deal, as European diplomats consider delaying Brexit by up to two years.
The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29. However, the prime minister once again delayed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal this week in order to head off another heavy defeat.
MPs are now not expected to vote again on the deal until March 12, just 17 days before Britain is due to crash out without a deal.
With the prospect of a chaotic exit looming, senior EU figures are now reportedly considering offering the UK a two-year extension of the Article 50 process for leaving the EU, meaning Britain could not exit the bloc until 2021.
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