The Brexiteer MP has made a last-minute Brexit intervention and pleaded for the German Chancellor to push for changes to the controversial Brexit deal. Speaking to BBC News, Ms Leadsom said: ”The Prime Minister is off to see Angela Merkel today and what I think would be fantastic is if Angela Merkel would try to support a proper UK Brexit by agreeing to reopen the withdrawal agreement. There have been rumours over the weekend that some senior members of the German government would be willing to do that in order to get Theresa May’s deal over the line.
“The Prime Minister is seeking a delay, that is what the House has pushed upon her and she’ll be seeking a delay to 30 June.
“There have been rumours over the weekend that some senior members of the German government would be willing to do that in order to get Theresa May’s deal across the line.
“But as the person with the responsibility to get the legislation through, if we could get the Prime Minister’s deal over the line because the EU have decided to support measures on the backstop, then that would be the best possible outcome.”
Prime Minister Theresa May will make a plea to France’s Emmanuel Macron in Paris today not to veto her request for a further delay to Brexit.
Mrs May will also hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to try and bolster support for her request to delay Brexit until June 30.
EU leaders will be under pressure to decide whether to grant Britain another delay, a decision that can be vetoed by any of the other 27 member states.
Max Hoffman, who is Bureau Chief at Deutsche Welle in Brussels, said Angela Merkel is likely to be more patient than any other EU leader.
Mr Hoffman added: “Angela Merkel is most likely one of those willing to have the most patience with the UK Government.
“She has repeatedly said that there is still time.
“And I have no doubt, just like many colleagues here in Brussels, that she will try and up until the last minute to avoid a no deal Brexit.”