Jeremy Hunt admits Brexit may be delayed to avoid no deal

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Foreign secretary says article 50 extension may be necessary if deal agreed close to deadline

The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has admitted article 50 may have to be extended to avoid the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal on 29 March.

The government had consistently ruled out seeking an extension and on Tuesday whipped its MPs to vote down an amendment to ask for a delay. But, speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Hunt conceded a delay might be necessary if an agreement with the EU was reached with only days to spare before the March deadline.

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