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As Brexit Deadlines Loom, May Says U.K. Considering A Longer Transition Period

EU leaders have called off a planned November summit on the next phase of Brexit discussions, due to a lack of progress.
"There are issues remaining around the backstop," Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters on Thursday, referring to the debate over how to treat Ireland and Northern Ireland when the U.K. leaves the EU. Source: Emmanuel Dunand

Updated at 12:15 p.m. ET

The U.K. and the EU might "create an option to extend the [Brexit] implementation period for a matter of months," U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday, after talks with European Union leaders stalled in Brussels.

The Brexit timetable currently calls for a 21-month transition to begin next March. But that could be in jeopardy, as negotiators have

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