Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

May told to resign over 'abject surrender' of Brexit delay

May told to resign over 'abject surrender' of Brexit delay

British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she would keep working to get her withdrawal agreement approved by parliament to ensure an orderly split, adding that her goal was to leave "as soon as possible".

After a six-month extension to the process was agreed at a late-night EU summit, the embattled British Prime Minister admitted to MPs that European leaders share "frustration" with the unending Brexit crisis that has paralyzed British politics.

Mrs May also told MPs that backing her deal would mean there was no need for European Parliament elections.

Farage claimed that the party wouldn't "even be discussing Islam" and said that "we absolutely expect to have Muslim candidates".

"But the choices we now face are stark and the timetable is clear".

"The pressure on her to go will increase dramatically, I suspect", he said.

Brexit was originally set to happen on 29 March.

"She doesn't show any sign of doing that, in which case she will put it back to the House of Commons, and it will lose again".

Mrs May replied: "I think you know the answer to that".

"We'll be going after the millions of people who voted Ukip, and the many millions who voted Conservative and voted Brexit, and the 5 million people who voted Brexit and voted Labour".

The delay avoids a possible economic calamity on both sides of the Channel but does little to resolve the political morass that has seen May's control over her MPs and cabinet gradually slip.

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The British pound briefly edged up against the U.S. dollar and euro after the extension was announced, but gains were limited and sterling later slid back.

"Our intention is to finalise the whole process in October. but I am too old to exclude another scenario", he told reporters.

"Indeed, the word 'Brexit" is no longer just about leaving the European Union.

She said she had fought off attempts by French President Emmanuel Macron to force tough conditions on the United Kingdom during an extension, including the possible removal of its EU Commissioner and its veto over budget issues.

Exhausted members of parliament cheered as the government's leader in the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, announced that as a result of the agreement to delay Brexit, parliament would take a break from the end of Thursday until April 23.

Unable to convince enough of her Conservatives and their Northern Irish allies to back the deal, May last week made a decision to try finding a compromise with the main opposition Labour Party.

Theresa May has told MPs it remains her "priority" to deliver Brexit, defending the decision to delay the UK's exit from the European Union by more than six months. "This takes compromise on both sides". Varadkar says Britain has plenty of time now to sort out how it wishes to leave the union.

May had previously ruled this out because it prevents Britain from striking lucrative independent trade agreements with giants such as China and the United States.

Adding to the historical atmospherics, he underlined his belief that the European Union leaders have not yet seen the end of the Brexit story by serenading journalists with a whistled version of the 1939 British song "We'll Meet Again", a tune that for Britons recalls wartime solidarity and the "spirit of the Blitz".

"I'm very disgruntled with it all", Suzy Hornsby, 59, told AFP.

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