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

Reaction as May granted Brexit delay until Halloween

Reaction as May granted Brexit delay until Halloween

Her decision to delay a second time ahead of Friday's deadline came after an emergency European Union summit in Brussels.

Theresa May's decision to delay Brexit has cost her a commanding lead against Labour, according to a new poll.

Most EU leaders have signaled they could accept an extension as long as Britain promises not to use it to undermine EU policies during a transition.

The pound against the USA dollar (GBPUSD=X) climbed following the United Kingdom and European Union agreeing to delay Brexit until 31 October this year.

However, May says she hopes her country can figure out Brexit before the six-month deadline and leave as soon as possible, reported BBC.

Like many things Brexit-related, the extension was a compromise. Some European leaders favored a longer extension, but French President Emmanuel Macron was wary of anything more than a very short delay.

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to delay Brexit until the end of October, with a review in June.

May said the possibility of leaving before the deadline was a key request of hers.

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After the last election, the new Liberal MPs voted to send the issue off for a separate discussion rather than decide either way.

Afterward, the French president said he was satisfied with the outcome. "We have a European renaissance to implement, and I do not want the issue of Brexit to block us at this point".

Tusk said that during the extension Britain "will continue its honest cooperation as a full member state, with all its rights, and as a close friend and trusted ally in the future". All that was needed was ratification by the British and European Parliaments.

"Let us then resolve to find a way through this impasse", said May.

"I never wanted to seek this extension", Mrs May said.

After all, all options from a "no-deal" Brexit to a general election to no Brexit at all remain on the table.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves the Houses of Parliament, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain, April 11, 2019.

The dragging out of Brexit comes after May declared that "Brexit means Brexit, and we're going to make a success of it" July 11, 2016, when she was leader of the Conservative Party. But they can't force her out until the end of the year, after she survived a no-confidence vote in December. Labour favors a softer Brexit than the government has proposed, and wants to retain a close economic relationship with the bloc. Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar also warned that Britain must now hold European elections in May, or leave on 1 June without a deal.

"All the workers we need will be welcome here, and they and their families will be treated fairly", Ms Abbott said in comments to The Scotsman.

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