Published: Sat, April 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brexit: Short extension could morph into long delay

Brexit: Short extension could morph into long delay

The UK is now due to leave the European Union on April 12 and, as yet, no withdrawal deal has been approved by MPs.

The Prime Minister wrote to European Council president Donald Tusk requesting the delay, with an option to leave earlier if a deal gets through Parliament.

Mrs. May has already requested an extension to the end of June but this was rejected at a summit last month. The year-long extension would include an escape clause to allow the leave the European Union early when the deal is approved.

Tusk favors offering the United Kingdom a one-year extension, though some governments opposed such a long delay, officials said.

In separate statements on Friday, Dutch, German and French officials all called on May to clarify her plan to take the United Kingdom out of the bloc ahead of an EU summit set to take place on Wednesday, when European leaders will consider her postponement proposal. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to disclose information before it was made public.

"If a consensus is going to be found, compromise will be needed on all sides, in the national interest, " she wrote.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday that "a "no-deal" on 12 April at midnight looks more and more likely".

A short extension if possible, and a long one if necessary.

The Conservative Party lawmaker suggested using Britain's position to veto any EU budget increases, block the establishment of an EU army and make it impossible for Mr Macron to push further EU integration. The bloc says it will only agree to delay Brexit if Britain breaks its impasse and comes up with a new plan. This deadline was then extended to 12 April 2019. Also reducing the prospect of Britain exiting the bloc without a deal. Massive traffic jams could also be expected on highways leading to major ferry ports. Boles will continue to sit in the House of Commons as an independent MP.

Obscure parliamentary procedures have been resurrected, providing daily drama from the House of Commons but making the future of Britain's biggest change in generations no clearer.

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May has failed to get the accord she negotiated with European Union leaders ratified by a divided Parliament and so has turned to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for help.

With Prime Minister Theresa May facing a crucial week in the Brexit process as she seeks breakthroughs at home and overseas, we look at the key events of the days ahead.

She is now in talks with the opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to find a way out of the deadlock, but it is not clear whether they can find a solution in the next few days.

The talks do not seem to be advancing.

'Now obviously that's disappointing; compromise requires change.

But Hammond said he was optimistic about the talks.

But after Brexit hardliners in her own party repeatedly refused to back her plan over fears it would keep the country too closely aligned with Europe, she last week turned to Labour - infuriating many Conservatives.

"I think that Theresa May is looking for political cover because she is asking for an extension she knows she can't get", said King's College European politics professor Anand Menon.

A proposal for any Brexit deal to be put to a public vote in a "confirmatory referendum" was backed by opposition parties, as well as some of May's Conservatives. Associated Press writer Lorne Cook in Brussels contributed.

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