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Post time 2019-4-11 14:15:52 |Display all floors

EU leaders agreed on Thursday to delay Brexit until the end of October, with a review in June.

The late-night agreement means Britain will not crash out of the bloc on Friday and gives May more than the three months she had asked for to build a parliamentary majority behind the withdrawal treaty she negotiated with the EU last year.

Theresa May asks EU for another Brexit delay, till June 30 this time



British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Council President Donald Tusk walk together during a break in the European Union leaders summit in Valletta, Malta, February 3, 2017. /VCG Photo




October 31 would correspond to the end of the five-year mandate of the present EU executive Commission.


'Don't waste the time'

"Please don't waste this time," European Council President Donald Tusk told the UK government in a news conference on Thursday, after eight hours of talks on the matter.



Screenshot of Tusk's tweet




He said Britain still had all the options on Brexit available during the extension, from approving the stalled divorce deal, to changing its leave strategy to cancelling the departure altogether.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he was certain Britain would honor the "sincere cooperation" obligation.

"We will have a Brexit with a deal. I'd prefer no deal without Brexit," Juncker told a news conference.



British Prime Minister Theresa May at an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to discuss Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium, April 11, 2019. /Reuters Photo




Leaders would meet again in June to assess the situation. Britain could have left by then if May succeeds in building a coalition for her deal with the Labour opposition – though there is no sign of agreement yet.

In order to continue as an EU member beyond June 1, May has agreed to organize British elections to the European Parliament on May 23, though it is still unclear if that vote will go ahead and how far it might turn into a virtual second referendum on EU membership that some hope could mean Britain canceling Brexit.


Macron's unhappy

French President Emmanuel Macron has refused to give Brexit another year.

May heads to France for Macron after asking Merkel to help on Brexit impasse



French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) prior to their meeting at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris, France, April 9, 2019. /VCG Photo




Macron's push for a June Brexit and strong opposition to other leaders' preference for a much longer extension that might increase the chances of Britain changing its mind to stay in the bloc meant the meeting ended up with the October compromise.

"It's true that the majority was more in favour of a very long extension. But it was not logical in my view, and above all, it was neither good for us, nor for the UK," he said.

(With input from Reuters)


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Post time 2019-4-12 13:06:42 |Display all floors
EU is smart, it wants to give the Brits plenty of time to debate, knowing they can't come to any agreement on Brexit, and hopefully with enough time, they would call off Brexit altogether!

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Post time 2019-4-12 14:16:05 |Display all floors
pnp Post time: 2019-4-12 13:06
EU is smart, it wants to give the Brits plenty of time to debate, knowing they can't come to any agr ...

They have already voted against that.....
i prefer Macrons stance, who is the only one who is not pandering to May.....and that was to kick us out with no deal...n
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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parcher Post time: 2019-4-12 14:16
They have already voted against that.....
i prefer Macrons stance, who is the only one who is not  ...

Yes, we know your stand, you are a Brexiter!  You won't mind being kicked out even without a deal, which will cost Britain millions in trade and lost investments etc, and lots of travel inconvenience too! Britain would do better to stay on in EU, end the uncertainties, and move on!

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Post time 2019-4-17 18:35:53 |Display all floors
pnp Post time: 2019-4-17 12:06
Yes, we know your stand, you are a Brexiter!  You won't mind being kicked out even without a deal, ...

failure to implemment the referendum proves why it was necessary to begin with.....
westminster is rotton to the core, which is why their biggest nightmare has just begun.......cue Nigel Farage and brexit party who are already snapping at the heels of the tory party.......
its going to be an interesting few months....
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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Post time 2019-4-18 08:37:59 |Display all floors
parcher Post time: 2019-4-17 18:35
failure to implemment the referendum proves why it was necessary to begin with.....
westminster is ...

Its a nightmare surely yes but why cameron in hiding on tropical island?

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