Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

European leaders agree to delay Brexit by six months

European leaders agree to delay Brexit by six months

She said: "We have to use this time to make sure that we deliver the Brexit we are all looking for, that we work closely with the European Union and that they are genuinely helping to make sure we do deliver on the referendum - there won't be any changing our minds about that".

The contingency operations have impacted almost all departments in the civil service and elsewhere in the public sector including traffic, hospitals and schools.

The summit conclusions make clear Britain was a full member of the European Union until it left, but noted the "commitment by the United Kingdom to act in a constructive and responsible manner throughout the extension".

The EU-27 finally agreed on 31 October - one day before the new EU commission is supposed to come into office on 1 November.

"Nothing is decided", Macron said as he came at the summit, according to" clarity" from May about what Britain needs. "But then we will have had six more months to prepare for that", Rutte told Reuters on Thursday.

Mrs May, however, is under growing pressure from Tory Brexiteers furious at the latest extension after she had promised repeatedly Britain would be out of the European Union by March 29 - the original Brexit date.

The UK has accepted this longer extension.

The summit deal in Brussels yesterday meant Britain will not crash out today without a treaty.

At the late-night European Council meeting yesterday, EU leaders rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's request to extend Brexit until 30 June, instead offering an extension until the end of October.

It is not what she would have wanted, but holding a public vote on Brexit may be her only way forward.

However she acknowledged that reaching agreement in talks with Labour "will not be easy" as it would require compromise on both sides, but said that it was in the "national interest" that they should try.

Britain could leave the European Union before then if May builds a majority coalition in Britain's Parliament that supports the withdrawal agreement she negotiated with the European Union in 2018.

French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly sought some specific assurances from May earlier this week if an extension was to be offered.

"I know there is huge frustration from many people that I had to request this extension", she told reporters, as her team prepared for another round of talks yesterday with the Labour opposition, to whom Mrs May turned to for help last week.

Others indicated a longer delay would probably be required, given that the depth of the political disarray of Britain.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday faced tough questioning from lawmakers about the latest Brexit developments, including a call to resign, after she returned from Brussels with a new Brexit extension.

Every initiative has floundered so far.

Corbyn, meanwhile, would face rebellion from the large number of Labour lawmakers who want a new referendum on Britain's departure from the EU. Some pro-Brexit lawmakers in Britain have suggested they could make trouble for the bloc if they stay.

The European Council unanimously backed the extension and stuck to its official position that the Withdrawal Agreement was not open to renegotiation, insisting again that responsibility for the process was in British hands, while also reminding British colleagues in the margins that changes could still be negotiated for the Political Declaration regarding the future relationship of the EU and the UK.

A No 10 source said they would continue to pursue the dialogue as long as they believed it was making progress, but added: "Bluntly, we won't continue to talk for the sake of it".

Alternatively, the government may still collapse under the pressure of Brexit, bringing about a general election and potentially a U-turn in British Brexit policy.

'We want out. I can't wait to leave'.

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