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UK lawmaker faces death threats on Brexit stance

AP  |  Brussels 

An independent British legislator who favors staying in the European Union says she cannot return to her home district this weekend because of credible death threats against her.

Anna Soubry said she is facing "very, very serious death threats" and had been advised by a senior police officer that she should be concerned for her safety. She says Thursday that "I'm not able to go home this weekend, I am not safe." Tensions have been running high as Britain's planned exit from the European Union nears. The British government has asked the EU for an extension for Brexit, which as of now takes place on March 29.

Soubry recently left the Conservative Party and joined the Independent Group. She says the fact that her home address is widely known is a further deterrent to returning to her district in Nottinghamshire, 140 miles (225 kilometers) north of London.

Leaders of European Union countries are considering whether to give the U.K. an extension that would postpone Brexit until May 22.

Two sources told The Associated Press on Thursday that the leaders of the 27 remaining EU members are reviewing a draft proposal with that date right before May 23-26 EU parliament elections.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Fri, March 22 2019. 00:55 IST