European Union gives Britain six-month delay to Brexit date
European Union gives Britain six-month delay to Brexit date
"Please do not waste this time": EU and UK agree to Brexit extension
11 April, 2019, 17:55
May will use the deadline to put pressure on MPs to agree the Withdrawal Agreement and the associated legislation by 22 May, so that in practice the United Kingdom would Brexit on 1 June with a deal, in a managed and controlled way.
The other 27 EU leaders met without May over dinner to thrash out what European Council president Donald Tusk called "a flexible extension until 31 October", before she returned to seal the deal.
The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door negotiations.
Before the Brussels summit, Mrs May had told leaders she wanted to move the UK's exit date from this Friday to 30 June, with the option of leaving earlier if Parliament ratified her agreement.
As Britain's departure date of March 29 approached with no resolution in sight, the European Union gave Britain until Friday to approve a withdrawal plan, change course and seek a further delay to Brexit, or crash out of the European Union with no deal to cushion the shock.
"But the choices we now face are stark and the timetable is clear".
However, a further delay of Britain's departure from the European Union after the newly agreed deadline looks very unlikely, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told Reuters on Thursday.
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The government is continuing to hold talks with Labour aimed at achieving a consensus on how to break the deadlock in Parliament.
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Prime Minister Theresa May said she would now keep working to get her withdrawal agreement approved by parliament to ensure an orderly split, saying her goal was to leave "as soon as possible".
Joseph Muscat, prime minister of Malta, confirmed the new deadline of October 31 with a review in June to allow European Union leaders "to take stock of the situation". That's something the premier and many of her own Conservative Party colleagues have said would be unacceptable three years after Britain voted to leave the EU.
The deal, announced early Thursday in Brussels, averts a potential crisis as British leaders had failed to agree on their own plan for pulling out of the multi-state trade arrangement by Friday.
Parliament usually has a six-week break over the summer and nearly a month off in late September for the political party conference season, meaning lawmakers will not be due to be in parliament for close to half the Article 50 extension period. Labour favours a softer Brexit than the government has proposed, and wants to retain a close economic relationship with the bloc.
Leaders would assess the situation again when they meet for a regular summit on June 20-21.
Economists warn a no-deal Brexit could generate economic shockwaves on both sides of the Channel and cause severe delays at border points, despite preparations to mitigate these risks.
"It doesn't want to leave without a deal; at the moment it doesn't want to vote for the deal".
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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte opened up on the division among the EU27 over the length of any extension. The UK faces a long extension after Parliament voted down Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement repeatedly .
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Some leaders, like Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, said Britain should have a year more to sort itself out. The UK faces a long extension after Parliament voted down Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement repeatedly .
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