European Union summit agrees to postpone Brexit again - Tusk

Cheryl Sanders
April 14, 2019

A so-called "soft Brexit" might get through Parliament and would be welcomed by the European Union, allowing Britain an orderly departure before October 31.

'I'm very disgruntled with it all, ' Suzy Hornsby, 59, said. She urged MPs to take stock and "reflect" over a 10-day Easter break that starts on Friday.

We need to resolve this. "This is our national duty as elected members of this House".

"This is not the normal way of British politics - and it is uncomfortable for many in both the Government and opposition parties".

Many pro-Brexit lawmakers dismiss such warnings and say Britain should be prepared to leave without a deal and then wring concessions from the EU. 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.

Brexiteer Conservative legislator Peter Bone said May had once vowed that she would not keep the United Kingdom the European Union past June 30.

"I know the whole country is intensely frustrated", she said.

May, who returned in the early hours of Thursday after lengthy and hard talks with EU leaders in Brussels, addressed a crowded chamber in the Houses of Parliament to report on the outcome of her talks with the EU Council.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, said the latest extension represented not only a "diplomatic failure" but also another milestone in the government's handling of the entire Brexit process.

The Guardian reported Friday the British government has stood down an army of 6,000 civil servants who had been preparing for a no-deal Brexit.

European Union leaders, tired of the Brexit melodrama and divided over how long a delay to grant, met for more than six hours before agreeing to postpone Brexit until Halloween.

May came to the summit in Brussels seeking a delay to June 30.

The EU has granted an extension to 31 October and some EU leaders already appear open to the possibility of a further extension if needed.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she would now keep working to get her withdrawal agreement approved by parliament to ensure an orderly split, saying her goal was to leave "as soon as possible". Changes to the "Political Declaration", a non-binding document attached to the Brexit deal that sketches out the UK's future relationship with the European Union, may still be negotiated.

Talks over the past week have not made a breakthrough, though they continued on Thursday, and neither side seemed willing to abandon them yet.

However it is understood she still intends to stick to her promise and remain as PM until the next phase of the Brexit negotiations begin - whenever that may be.

They fear that the delay might be prolonged yet again - and the extra time used to engineer a softer form of Brexit, or even see it annulled outright. The Confederation of British Industry said it meant an "imminent economic crisis" had been averted for now.

That's anathema to many Conservatives, who say it would prevent Britain from striking its own trade deals with countries like the United States, China and India.

Support is growing for the idea that any Brexit deal agreed by Parliament should be put to the public in a "confirmatory referendum", with the other option being to stay in the EU.

However, U.K. lawmakers rejected it three times.

Politicians stated the next few months should be utilized to hold a new referendum on stay or whether to depart from EU.

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".

Britain's Parliament has been deadlocked on plans to leave the European Union.

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