The European Union (EU) says it is ready to extend the proposed length of the post-Brexit transition period if the United Kingdom (UK) wants.
The UK leaves the EU in March, and the current plan is for a transition period of 21 months to finish at the end of 2020 to smooth the path from Brexit to the UK and EU’s future permanent relationship.
But with the two sides failing to reach a deal yet, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has suggested extending this arrangement “for a few months”.
Some Brexit campaigners have reacted angrily to the suggestion.
An EU source told the BBC there would have to be ‘financial implications’ if the UK did extend the transition period.