Published: Пт, Апреля 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

EU27 Leaders Agree Brexit Extension - Summit Chair Tusk

EU27 Leaders Agree Brexit Extension - Summit Chair Tusk

The European Council agreed to a six-month extension of the Brexit process here early on Thursday morning, setting a new deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on October 31, 2019, and narrowly avoiding a no-deal scenario that had been scheduled for April 12.

The summit comes a few weeks after EU27 leaders agreed to a Brexit extension until April 12.

The decision came at an European Union summit which had been discussing Mrs May's request to move the exit date from Friday to 30 June.

Reuters reports French President Emmanuel Macron told the summit a delay beyond 30 June would jeopardise the EU.

EU Council president Donald Tusk admitted in Brussels after the marathon meetings wound down that "everything is possible". The plea fell on deaf ears. 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 Confederation of British Industry said the Brexit extension means an "imminent economic crisis" has been averted for now. One diplomat commented, "Macron just made a powerful statement".

During Prime Minister's Questions yesterday Mr Corbyn said discussions are continuing with the Government in an attempt to find a compromise Brexit deal - but swiftly moved on.

"Please do not waste this time", said European Council President Donald Tusk, advising the U.K.to finally decide on the details of its planned departure from the EU.

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Without support from the Labour Party, May's path toward actually taking Britain out of the European Union remains unclear.

With the House of Commons also strongly opposed to crashing out of the European Union without a deal, having rejected that prospect in parliamentary votes, May reached out to the Opposition Labour Party to hold cross-party talks in an attempt to find a solution to the parliamentary deadlock. The choices we now face are stark, and the timetable is clear.

Last month, European Union leaders gave Britain until this 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. Those most opposed to May in the hard-Brexit wing stepped up calls for her resignation.

Cash said May had presided over an "abject surrender" in Brussels, adding: "Will she resign?". But they can't force her out of office until the end of the year, after she survived a no-confidence vote last December. But "Where there's a will", then possibly "there's a way".

Among Britain's Brexit-supporting public figures, there was undisguised indignation. MPs can and should agree to put any proposed settlement with the EU27 to a confirmatory referendum.

Mrs May said agreeing a deal was the only way to avoid the United Kingdom holding European Parliament elections on May 23.

Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar also warned that Britain must now hold European elections in May, or leave on 1 June without a deal. After complaining that the extension was a "diplomatic failure", he said his talks with May were "serious, detailed and ongoing". "It can also reconsider the whole Brexit strategy", he said.

Talks between the government and Labour are due to continue to see if, between them, they can work together and come up with a plan for what to do next.

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