Brexit: 'See you in October'

Lester Mason
April 14, 2019

The UK government chose to put on hold all emergency planning for a no-deal Brexit following the agreement by European Union (EU) leaders to extend the withdrawal process to October 31 despite committing 1.5 billion pounds to preparations.

If Mrs May fails to win over lawmakers on the treaty or fails to hold an election, Britain will leave with no deal on June 1.

We need to resolve this.

The British people voted to leave the European Union - democracy prevailed. "Nothing is more pressing or more vital".

The ink was not yet dry on European Union leaders' deal to give Britain a hard-fought, second delay to Brexit until November when some diplomats and officials in the bloc grudgingly conceded: This may well not be the last extension.

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

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

"But if we can not do so soon, then we will seek to agree a small number of options for the future relationship that we will put to the House in a series of votes to determine which course to pursue".

The Government has ruled out holding another referendum, saying voters made their decision in 2016.

Even if May can procure a withdrawal bargain, more negotiations lie since Britain and the European Union will need to work out precisely what their relationship could look like.

The PM said: "I welcome the discussions that have taken place with the Opposition in recent days - and the further talks which are resuming today".

"This is not the normal way of British politics ..."

She admitted that the talks under way between the government and Labour to identify common ground would not be easy and required each side to compromise. The extension is conditional on no reopening of the withdrawal agreement, participation in European elections and "sincere cooperation".

She said: "Crucially, any agreement on the future relationship may involve a number of additions and clarifications to the Political Declaration".

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The PM said she had made clear that Britain "would continue to be bound by all our ongoing obligations as a member state, including the duty of honest co-operation".

Sir Bill said: "Does the Prime Minister appreciate the anger that her abject surrender last night has generated across the country having broken promises a hundred times not to extend the time?"

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

"If the government is serious, the red lines must move and we must see a real compromise", he said.

The six-month extension to October 31 was a compromise solution thrashed out by European Union leaders after French President Emmanuel Macron dug-in against a longer delay lasting into 2020. Theresa May on Thursday faced tough questioning from lawmakers about the latest Brexit developments, including a call to resign, after she returned from Brussels with a new Brexit extension.

Dr Merkel stressed a need for calm: "We want an orderly exit by Britain", she said.

MPs in Britain continue to be opposed to the Withdrawal Agreement finalised by May with the European Union in November 2018 and have rejected the so-called divorce bill three times since January this year.

Mr Macron is concerned that letting Britain stay too long would distract the EU from other issues - notably next month's European Parliament elections.

Donald Tusk, president of the EU Council, said the United Kingdom was expected to "continue its honest cooperation" as a member state until it officially leaves the EU, and Mrs May says the United Kingdom would continue to abide by agreed obligations as a member state.

The term of the current European Commission under Jean-Claude Juncker ends on October 31.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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