Brexit: Theresa May to ask European Union for further extension

Brexit: Theresa May to ask European Union for further extension

Brexit: Theresa May to ask European Union for further extension

British Prime Minister Theresa May is set for a marathon session with her Cabinet as the government tries to find a way out of the Brexit crisis, after lawmakers again rejected all alternatives to her European Union withdrawal agreement.

Theresa May will ask the European Union for an extension to the Brexit deadline to "break the logjam" in Parliament.

The Labour leader said he would be "very happy" to meet the Prime Minister in a bid to offer "certainty and security" to the British people.

Cooper is working with Tory backbencher Oliver Letwin, the architect of the "indicative votes" process that has so far failed to come up with an alternative to May's deal or no deal.

"And we need to be clear what such an extension is for, to ensure we leave in a timely and orderly way".

The single-clause Cooper bill requires the Prime Minister to table her own motion seeking MPs' approval for an extension to the Article 50 process of Brexit talks to a date of her choosing. She delivered the speech in a televised statement at about 6.30pm following a seven-hour Cabinet meeting today.

"However people voted in the referendum in 2016, whether they voted remain or they voted leave, they didn't vote for lower living standards, they didn't vote to lose their jobs".

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The UK has until 12 April to propose a plan - which must be accepted by the European Union - or it will leave without a deal.

Mrs May said: 'This is a decisive moment in the story of these islands and it will require national unity to deliver the national interest'.

A no-deal Brexit was "never our desired or intended scenario" but "becomes day after day more likely", he said.

Ms Cooper said: "We are now in a really risky situation with a serious and growing risk of no-deal in 10 days' time". She needs to put forward a proposal, including saying how long an extension she thinks we need to sort things.

Speaking in Brussels, Mr Barnier said: "An extension would carry significant risks for the EU. But it is definitely worth trying".

"If there is no deal and the United Kingdom wants to discuss trade or other subjects, we will put the same subjects back on the table", he told MEPs on the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs. This is not the first time Cooper or her conspirators tried to stop a proper, no deal Brexit, with Cooper, Letwin, and former Conservative MP Nick Boles threatening a government shutdown by presenting amendments to a finance bill which meant to stop the Treasury spending money on no deal arrangements.

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