Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

European Union shows united front on Brexit, loss of confidence in May

European Union shows united front on Brexit, loss of confidence in May

Otherwise, Britain would be given until April 12 to inform the bloc whether it will participate in European Parliament elections from May 23 - 26.

As you know, we devoted today's European Council meeting to Brexit. They fear Britain's tangled exit will never get resolved. If Parliament does not agree a deal next week, the EU Council will extend Article 50 until 12 April.

French President Emmanuel Macron has led the charge, calling for Britain to put up or shut up on Brexit.

The party's interim leader, Catherine Blaiklock, resigned earlier in the week over tweets she had shared criticising Islam.

After Bercow had disciplined the parliamentarian, urging the British lawmaker to conduct themselves with "some seriousness of goal and mutual respect", Leadsom delivered a rather curt response to the speaker.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was relegated to another room while the rest deliberated: Would May get the months-long extension she had requested to give her time to negotiate a Brexit withdrawal arrangement with Parliament?

Benn says it is time to "open up this process" because Parliament has already rejected the prime minister's deal and the option of leaving without a deal. That's why we have given two deadlines.

Instead, they agreed to delay only until May 22, on the eve of European Union elections, if May can persuade Britain's Parliament to endorse the Brexit deal.

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"The UK government will still have a choice between a deal, no deal, a long extension or revoking Article 50 (the withdrawal notice)", he told a news conference. "If the United Kingdom decides not to do that by then, a long extension will be automatically become impossible".

All week long, markets have been getting pushed around by the central banks, but late on Thursday our attention shifted back onto the ongoing Brexit saga for the latest instalment.

May's opponents at home range from hard-core Brexit supporters who say her deal gives the European Union too much influence in Britain to others, inside and outside her own Conservative party, who would prefer to stay much closer to the European Union or cancel Brexit. And Pro-EU lawmakers will try to derail May and wrest away control of the Brexit process to steer Britain toward a close relationship with the bloc.

During the leaders' discussion, Tusk shuttled between the EU-27 and May to keep the British prime minister informed and have her consent for the emerging timetable.

But nobody is certain whether she will make good on that threat, or baulk at the huge economic and political disruption of a no-deal Brexit.

The statement angered many lawmakers, who dubbed it toxic and complained it was inflammatory at such a fevered time as this to describe the impasse as a matter of parliament versus the public. I have the highest respect for her, " said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

May is expected to put her deal again to Parliament next week, hoping that concessions that she has made to her Northern Irish coalition partner the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will persuade them to back her deal and in turn convince the hardline Brexiteers in her own party to back her deal as a result.

More than 17 million Britons voted in favour of leaving the European Union in a 2016 referendum while 16 million voted to remain, with May serving notice of the UK's intent to leave under Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty the following year. An online petition on Parliament's website to "cancel Brexit" has more than two million signatures.

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