Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Fury as 'European Union' wording removed from British passports

Fury as 'European Union' wording removed from British passports

"If we can not secure a majority among Conservative and DUP MPs we have no choice but to reach out across the House of Commons", she added.

Her fears were echoed Sunday by Andrea Leadsom, Leader of the House of Commons.

Prime Minister Theresa May is to visit the French and German leaders for Brexit talks, officials have said.

The British PM tried to explain "what on earth is happening with Brexit" in a video address she posted online, with the 12 April deadline fast approaching. Britain switched to burgundy in 1988 in line with most other countries' passports in what was then the European Community.

Writing in his weekly Daily Telegraph column, the former foreign secretary said cutting a deal with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has pushed for a customs union, would "make a total and utter nonsense of the referendum result".

In a weekend message, May said: "Because Parliament has made clear it will stop the United Kingdom leaving without a deal, we now have a stark choice: leave the European Union with a deal or do not leave at all".

Germany's finance minister, Olaf Scholz, called on the two sides to find what he called "a sensible agreement to end the paralysis in British politics and to avoid a disorderly Brexit".

"My answer to that is clear: we must deliver Brexit and to do so we must agree a deal".

He said the government was going into the talks with Labour "sincerely", but said "in our system" it is "very, very difficult" for Mrs May to open talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Shami Chakrabarti, Labour's legal policy chief, was blunter.

"I was just surprised: We're still members of the European Union", she told the Associated Press news agency.

Theresa May warned this morning that Brexit could "slip through our fingers" unless the Tories worked with Labour to reach a compromise.

But the EU is expected to demand a clear strategy from Mrs May and could insist on a longer delay, which would require the United Kingdom to participate in the European Elections.

Britain was set to leave the European Union on March 29 but has found itself unable to enact the exit amid political paralysis in the British Parliament over the terms of the "divorce" deal.

The burgundy passports were introduced from March 30, the day after Britain was expected to leave the EU.

European Union summit chair Donald Tusk plans to propose an extension of a year, which could be shortened if Britain's parliament eventually ratifies the deal. Even the idea of "flextension" was not accepted by all.

"If we are forced to remain in we must be the most hard member possible", Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the European Research Group, a Conservative eurosceptic group, told Sky News.

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