EU to grant May a Brexit delay, with conditions

EU to grant May a Brexit delay, with conditions

EU to grant May a Brexit delay, with conditions

The prime minister was keen to stress that the extension to October 31 - and several leaders refused to rule out further delays - did not mean she would not deliver Brexit sooner and before, as she promised her rebellious party, she steps down.

European Council president Donald Tusk, the summit host, has instead proposed a "a flexible extension" and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel also said the EU leaders might well back a delay "longer than the British prime minister has requested".

The UK has also started preparations to hold European elections on May 23, which was an EU precondition for any extension beyond 12 April.

The bill, which received royal assent and is now law, aims to block a no-deal Brexit in which the United Kingdom crashes out of the European Union without any transition arrangements in place.

"I think the extension should be as short as possible".

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, whose country shares a border with the United Kingdom and would be among the hardest hit by a no-deal Brexit, said Britain was in "a difficult position".

"The only way we are going to get Brexit is through a party that accepts Brexit", he fumed.

But Brussels agreed an extension after the British parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement negotiated with May.

As Mrs May awaited the result of the European Union summit meeting at the British Ambassador's residence in Brussels, the senior Tory MP said: "I hate to say this but the reality is if we end up going and accepting a year-long, or even a nine-month extension, I think we're going to have egg all over our face".

"I am of the opinion, the German government is of the opinion, that we should give both (British) parties a reasonable amount of time" to reach an agreement on an orderly Brexit, she said. "That is why the request today is to June 30 in order that we can leave as soon as possible", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

May said Britain faces "stark" choices "and the timetable is clear".

"Please don't waste this time", European Council President Donald Tusk told the United Kingdom government in a news conference on Thursday, after eight hours of talks on the matter.

Tusk's tweet did not say how long the extension would be, but several news agencies reported earlier it would be until the end of October, with a review in June.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he was certain Britain would honour the "sincere co-operation" obligation, and would in any case have little power to block key EU decisions.

Seeking support from European heavyweights Tuesday, May flew to Berlin and Paris to plead for good terms with Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been taking a tough stance ahead of the Brussels summit.

Speaking to The Sun, Mr Farage said, "I said in 2013 that UKIP was going to cause an quake in British politics and I think we can safely say we did that".

May's future is uncertain, whatever the European Union decides.

United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May went on a whistle-stop tour of Germany and France on Tuesday to shore up support from two of the 28-nation bloc's most influential officials to delay Brexit until 30 June.

Conversations between May's government and the opposition Labour Party are presently not close to breaking the Brexit deadlock, according to John McDonnell, a Labour Party politician.

"The public in this country want to leave".

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