Theresa May gets two-week Brexit reprieve from EU

Theresa May gets two-week Brexit reprieve from EU

Theresa May gets two-week Brexit reprieve from EU

After a lengthy discussion, the council today also agreed, subject to a successful vote next week, that in order to provide time for the UK Parliament to agree and ratify a Brexit deal, the date of our departure will now be extended to 22 May.

"If it appears that there is not sufficient support to bring the deal back next week, or the House rejects it again, we can ask for another extension before 12 April, but that will involve holding European Parliament elections", May wrote.

"That is the real deadline to say whether they want to stay in the European Union - they would have to say why they would like a longer extension", the source said.

May used her remarks at a second press conference to focus on rallying MPs back home to her deal, urging them to pass the legislation.

After EU leaders approved a reset of the Brexit timetable on Thursday, Britain is left with four possible courses ahead of an all-important parliamentary vote on the divorce deal next week.

Previously, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk had claimed there's a special place in hell for those who promoted Brexit without knowing how to implement it.

Following May's speech in Downing Street the previous evening, in which she blamed MPs for not accepting her deal, Fairbairn and O'Grady said: "The current deal or no deal must not be the only choice".

"If Parliament is not willing to vote for the deal that we already have then we need to come up with something new in the next fortnight, and I really don't think that is going to happen", said Mr Wood, who has reluctantly backed the Prime Minister's deal despite concerns over the Irish backstop.

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"They voted in 2016 to leave". Otherwise the United Kingdom has until 12 April to propose a new plan.

The EU has agreed to delay Brexit until May 22, but that's conditional on May getting her withdrawal agreement through Parliament next week.

All 27 European Union leaders have signed off on a final communique, issued on Thursday, outlining two options for Brexit that safeguard its own elections for a European Parliament.

Many on both sides of Britain's Brexit divide would be happy to see her go, but her replacement by a new Conservative leader would not solve the country's political crisis.

"(Mrs May) gave some indication in that from her point of view, there is no desire whatsoever to take part in the European elections", he said.

According to some reports, May could try to get her deal over the line by offering to resign if MPs approve it, which could win over some Brexit hardliners.

The Labour deputy will tell supporters: "Brexit is now stuck in the pipework of Parliament, with MPs split, completely unable to agree or find a way forward".

Now over a million people have clicked on and signed the petition demanding the Goverment cancel Brexit and revoke Article 50.

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