Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Theresa May defends Brexit delay amid calls to resign

Theresa May defends Brexit delay amid calls to resign

EU member states are due to hold European Parliament elections beginning May 23.

We need to resolve this, so that we can leave the European Union with a deal as soon as possible.

She added: "The point at which our Prime Minister will not listen, not only to her membership but will not listen to the people of her country..." The former U.K. Independence Party leader said delays to Brexit were "a willful betrayal of the greatest democratic exercise in the history of this nation".

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

Farage said Britain's current two-party system, dominated by the Conservative and Labour parties, can not cope with Brexit.

The October 31 deadline has given Britain time to find the "best possible solution", Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, said, urging Britain to "not waste this time".

Opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, with whom May hopes to strike a compromise accord, called the Brexit delay "another milestone in the government's mishandling of the entire Brexit process".

May's 27 European Union counterparts pulled another all-nighter in Brussels before clinching a compromise timetable for Britain's departure, extending the deadline until October 31.

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Following her Commons statement, Mrs May and Mr Corbyn held a "short meeting" at Westminster when they agreed to continue the talks process, Labour said. Originally set for March 29, May sought an extension after Parliament's constant rejections.

The Brexit Party is evidently here not to be a spoiler for the Conservative Party but instead intends to take on both the Tories and Labour. The party accuses the government of failing to offer concrete changes to its Brexit blueprint.

Economists say a no-deal Brexit could lead to a deep recession as tariffs and other barriers are imposed on United Kingdom exports and customs checks delay goods at British ports.

He also said if voters had wanted economic security, they would have chosen to stay in the European Union in the 2016 referendum; instead they made a political and emotional choice to leave.

Pro-Brexit government ministers could resign, increasing pressure on May to quit.

The hardline Brexiteer also revealed that his party would not be taking donations from Aaron Banks, the millionaire who helped to bankroll UKIP, suggesting the businessman wants to stay out of the spotlight when it comes to political donations.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a tweet after the extension was granted that the British people should be allowed to "decide if they still want to leave". "I did actually, rather stupidly, for a moment believe that we'd won", Mr Farage said.

"I think we have reached a position where we are aware we are a million miles away from the promises made during the referendum campaign, and in those circumstances what the British public should be given is a final say". Many of them find the prospect of Britain participating in the European elections unpalatable, given that it will be nearly three years since Britain voted to leave the EU.

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