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is deep into its most crucial week since the last one.
On Thursday, Theresa May travels to Brussels to meet with the remaining 27 EU leaders, where she is expected to request an extension to Article 50, the legal
process by which Britain is leaving the EU. If the EU27 agree, as they probably will, Brexit will be delayed beyond the current deadline of March 29. Lea
ving aside the gravity of this epic failure of British Brexit policy, the key question is how long will the delay last?
There are two likely options. The first is a short delay, which Downing Street said on Wedne
sday it would request. This would give the UK government a little more time to get its Withdrawal Agr
eement through Parliament, perhaps sweetened with some changes to the accompanying political declaration.
Or, the EU could offer May a much longer extension, possibly lasting years, to give to the UK more breathing space in which to u
ntangle its Brexit mess. The EU says it would only grant a longer delay if there was a good reason for doing so.