Theresa May: New 'Brextension' gives UK Oct 31 Brexit deadline

Marco Green
April 14, 2019

Theresa May and European Union leaders signed off on a second extension to the Article 50 process in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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.

"The UK should have left the European Union by now and I sincerely regret the fact that I have not yet been able to persuade parliament to approve a deal". "The review in June will allow [European council] to take stock of the situation". "The U.K. should have left the European Union by now and I sincerely regret the fact that I have not been able to persuade parliament to approve the deal".

The French president also insisted on the redrafting of the EU's summit communique, writing in that the United Kingdom - during any extra time as a member state - would have to "refrain from any measure which could jeopardise the attainment of the union's objectives, in particular when participating in the decision-making processes of the union", according to a leak obtained by the Guardian.

European Council President Donald Tusk said at a press conference early Thursday morning at the end of the summit meeting that this "flexible extension" will put "the course of action entirely in the UK's hands". In this scenario, the day of UK's exit from the European Union will be the first day of the month following the completion of the ratification procedures.

Mr Tusk did not rule out further extensions beyond October. "Please do not waste this time". The Prime Minister went to Europe this week to seek a deferral until June 30 but the EU27 gave her until October 31 instead - not an act of generosity but proof that they don't believe Mrs May can win Parliament's support for the Withdrawal Agreement.

"I think you know the answer to that", May replied. The delays - and the talks with Labour - sparked calls for her to quit. The pound was unchanged on the news, as investors had priced in an extension.

While fellow Brexiteer Michael Fabricant said: "Having sunk to humiliating herself and our nation by begging for more time in Brussels, the Prime Minister should not expect to be buoyed by her party's support".

Discussions with Corbyn's party resumed on Thursday at the level of officials, and even though the Commons begins an Easter recess this afternoon, are likely to continue over coming days.

The PM admitted that she still faced a huge challenge to get a deal approved, but warned it was time to make a decision.

Pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to resign will "increase dramatically" following a Halloween Brexit extension secured last night, David Davis has said.

- What might come of talks with Labour? "On October 31 the British will either have agreed to a deal, have chose to cancel Brexit or leave without a deal".

The veteran socialist said while the cross-party talks on finding a compromise were constructive and serious, "the red lines must move and we must see a real compromise".

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