Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brexit delay bill gets royal assent, becomes law - UK House of Commons

Brexit delay bill gets royal assent, becomes law - UK House of Commons

If Britain's exit is delayed beyond May 22, the EU has said it will have to take part in European Parliament elections.

Britain is on track to leave the European Union on Friday but the prime minister has chosen not to pursue a no-deal divorce.

It is critical that Britain explains to European Union leaders on Wednesday how it intends to use the extension of the Brexit deadline it wants to apply for, the Romanian minister for European Affairs George Ciamba said on Tuesday.

Labour insists it would negotiate a "UK say" on new European Union trade deals once Britain has left the bloc but even if achieved this falls far short of the Leave vision of Britain as a major free trade player on the global stage.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has left the chancellery in Berlin after meeting for about an hour and a half with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she seeks European leaders' approval for another delay to Brexit.

The Bloomberg source also mentions that European Union ambassadors will continue talks in Brussels tonight to nail down the extension date.

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A senior German official demanded "substantial steps" forward in Britain's Brexit standoff and insisted on Tuesday that any further delay to Britain's withdrawal must come with strict conditions, as Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to plead for more time in Berlin and Paris. The two leaders shook hands for photographers as she arrived, but didn't make any comment.

Unable to convince enough of her own Conservatives of the merits of her deal to get it passed, May is courting socialist Jeremy Corbyn, whose opposition Labour Party wants to keep Britain more closely tied to the bloc after Brexit. If they refuse, Britain faces a sudden departure on Friday, the deadline set a few weeks ago by the EU.

It allows the government to seek any extension from May 22 onwards.

In Britain, Justice Secretary David Gauke told the BBC it was too early to say whether the talks would be successful but work was continuing to identify a compromise.

Mr Corbyn is due to meet the republican leaders late this afternoon.

Britain's Parliament approved legislation on Monday that would provide United Kingdom lawmakers the power to scrutinize and even alter Prime Minister Theresa May's request that the European Union agree to delay Brexit until 30 June, Trend reported citing Sputnik.

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