Saturday 2 February 2019 9:21 am

A short extension to the Brexit timetable is possible, says Jacob Rees-Mogg

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Eurosceptic Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that he could accept a small extension to the Brexit timeline if Prime Minister Theresa May pursued his plan. 

Rees-Mogg claims that a delay to the date the UK leaves the European Union could be permissible if a deal with the EU is struck along the lines of the so-called Malthouse Compromise.

After May's original plan was rejected by Parliament, Rees-Mogg has put forward a new plan called the Malthouse Compromise after one of its proponents, lawmaker Kit Malthouse.

The plan promises to ditch the Irish backstop border policy and appeals to pro-EU Tory members by pledging safeguards against the risk of disruption should a "no deal" scenario occur. 

“Currently, there are only 55 days left to Brexit,” he wrote in the The Telegraph on Saturday. “This makes the timetable tight for agreeing and legislating for a deal.

“If the agreement were made but a little parliamentary time were needed … a short extension is not impossible.”

Other members of May's cabinet have in recent days suggested an extension to the March 29 Brexit deadline be needed.