With time running out before European Parliament elections in May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that the United Kingdom must make clear soon what direction it wants to take. Her comments came at the end of a European Union leaders' summit in Brussels, which saw leaders offer to extend the Brexit deadline until at least April 12. What Merkel said about Brexit: "We will now see what the British Parliament decides, and we have thus prevented a disorderly exit on March 29 — for now." "But we're dealing with short deadlines, so Britain must soon indicate which path it wishes to take." Any Brexit delay cannot "undermine" the European Parliament elections. In the event of a "no-deal" Brexit, German industries are well prepared for the situation, but a disorderly exit is not desirable. There are good chances that there will be another EU leaders' summit ahead of the new April 12 deadline. What are the Brexit delay options? The European Council offered the UK … [Read more...] about Merkel on Brexit after summit: ‘We are dealing with short deadlines’
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Tory ministers today declared they are ramping up plans for a no-deal Brexit as they insisted Britain will still leave the EU on October 31. Michael Gove made the bullish claim despite Boris Johnson being forced to request a three-month delay from EU leaders just hours earlier. The Prime Minister last night sent a a legally-required request to the EU to delay until January 31, deal or no deal, after he lost a vote in Parliament. But he refused to sign it and sent a second signed note which branded an extension "corrosive". Meanwhile the PM is now racing to hold a fresh vote on his Brexit deal and get a Bill through the Commons to pass it into law in time for Halloween . If the Bill does not get through, and European leaders cave to Mr Johnson's second letter by refusing to delay Brexit, Britain still risks no-deal next Thursday. Today Mr Gove - who leads no-deal planning - announced no-deal backup plan Operation Yellowhammer is being "triggered". And he led a Sunday meeting of … [Read more...] about Tories ramp up no-deal Brexit plans as they insist it’ll still be on October 31
By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporterBoris Johnson will have been prime minister for just three parliamentary sitting days when the Commons returns from recess. But that could be when he receives his first real test.He faces the threat of a no-confidence vote - fuelled by a promise to take Britain out of the EU on Halloween "do or die" and a refusal to rule out suspending parliament.So with less than 90 days until Brexit day, Sky News explains when the move to oust Mr Johnson could come and its effects on Brexit, a potential new government, and a general election. The Brexit countdown: Is the UK making progress? Follow our tracker with the key stories, videos and quotes What is a no-confidence vote? It is a test by the whole House of Commons of whether the prime minister can govern with a majority of MPs' support. Advertisement Each member has to vote yes or no, or abstain, on the question of whether they have "no confidence in Her Majesty's government".Labour … [Read more...] about What will happen if Boris Johnson faces no-confidence vote?
Michael Gove has attacked the EU for "refusing to negotiate" a new Brexit deal, calling the move "wrong and sad".The minister in charge of preparing all departments for a no-deal divorce said "we do need a new approach" but added "the days of drift we've had in the past have ended".He added the 31 October Brexit date was a "firm deadline". Brexit: Has Britain left the EU yet? The UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016 and was due to leave on 29 March 2019 following two years of negotiations It comes after EU leaders reportedly accepted Britain is leaving the bloc on Halloween without a withdrawal agreement.Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has insisted he is not "fatalistic" and the scenario can be avoided, but warned its chances grow by the day. Advertisement Irish finance minister Paschal Donohoe echoed those comments after meeting Chancellor Sajid Javid, saying that he believed "the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is growing".Mr Donohoe added that such an outcome … [Read more...] about Michael Gove brands EU ‘wrong and sad’ after they ‘refuse to talk about new deal’