STRASBOURG (Reuters) - The head of the European Council urged the European Parliament on Wednesday to be open to a long Brexit extension and not to ignore the “increasing majority” of British people who wanted to remain in the European Union. FILE PHOTO: European Council President Donald Tusk holds a news conference after a European Union summit in Brussels, Belgium March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman But the EU’s chief executive also warned that British intentions were unclear and that the country had become more mysterious than mythological sphinxes guarding ancient tombs. EU leaders granted Britain a short extension to Brexit last week, saying that, if Britain’s parliament did not back the divorce deal this week, then the UK government would have to indicate what it wished to do before April 12. Tusk called April 12 the “new cliff-edge date” and that Britain still had a choice between a deal, no deal, a long extension or the revoking … [Read more...] about EU urged to consider long Brexit delay for British “sphinx”
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News / UK by Press Association 21/03/2019, 12:45 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Theresa May is to appeal to EU leaders to grant her a delay to Brexit as she makes a further attempt to get her withdrawal deal through Parliament. With just eight days before the UK is due to leave the EU, the Prime Minister will make the case for extending the Article 50 withdrawal process to June 30 at a Brussels summit on Thursday. Ahead of the meeting, European Council president Donald Tusk said a “short” delay should be possible – but only if MPs finally back her deal before the deadline day on March 29. With fears in Brussels growing that the UK is heading for a no-deal break, he said he would not hesitate to call an emergency summit next week if that proved necessary. Mrs May formally made the request for an extension to the end of June in a letter to Mr Tusk on Wednesday. The Prime Minister had previously indicated she would seek a … [Read more...] about Theresa May to appeal to EU leaders to give her more time on Brexit
On Thursday, Theresa May will go to Brussels to request an extension to Article 50 and give the UK more time to decide what it wants. But an Article 50 extension is not in the powers of European Commission officials in Brussels. It’s a decision that must be taken unanimously by the governments of all 28 EU member states. Diplomats are stressing that leaders will grant an extension only if there is a clear plan for how it will be used. The EU has made it explicit that it won’t hand over more time to simply continue the fruitless back-and-forth over the backstop. As far as it’s concerned, the exit deal is done and dusted, and it’s the only one currently on the table. The question that remains is what EU countries would accept as “a clear plan” for a delay. There are some things we know would certainly qualify, such as a second referendum or a general election. Alternatively, if a clear majority of MPs came out in favour of a different kind of Brexit … [Read more...] about Will the EU grant the UK an Article 50 extension?
14 March 2019 • 12:45pm Watch the Brexit debate in the live stream above MPs to vote on Thursday afternoon on delaying Brexit Remainer plot to postpone Brexit by up to two years Brexiteer hopes pinned on Geoffrey Cox changing legal advice Will the EU allow an Article 50 extension that will delay Brexit? Nick Timothy: Mrs May is responsible for losing control of Brexit Nigel Farage: Brexit betrayal one of most shameful chapters in our history Sign up: Brexit Whatsapp updates and all-new Brexit Bulletin Donald Tusk said he will urge EU leaders to consider giving the UK a “long extension” to Article 50 to provide time for Britain to "rethink" its Brexit strategy. The president of the European Council’s bombshell intervention represents a major boost to Theresa May’s hopes of persuading Tory Brexiteers to back her deal when it is put to a vote for a third time next week. Downing Street will hope … [Read more...] about Brexit latest news: Donald Tusk urges EU leaders to consider ‘long extension’ to Article 50 to allow UK ‘rethink’
Donald Tusk has urged EU leaders to be open to a "long extension" of the Brexit deadline to allow Parliament more time to determine its stance on leaving the bloc. Mr Tusk, the president of the European Council, said he will "appeal" to the heads of the other 27 Union states to consider the matter. Writing on Twitter, he said: "I will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it." This comes after the Commons voted in favour of ruling out no-deal in any circumstance. Both British politicians and EU figureheads have previously stated an extension to the deadline, currently set at March 29, might be necessary. After voting in favour of ruling out no deal, MPs will have their say on Thursday on whether Theresa May can ask the EU for the date to be moved back. This is a decision Britain can not take alone and the EU27 will have to approve the idea. The … [Read more...] about Tusk asks EU leaders to be open to ‘long extension’ of Article 50