British PM Theresa May vows to further delay Brexit to agree deal with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Speaking at Number 10 on Tuesday, May said the extension would be "as short as possible" and would come to an end when a deal was made.
Theresa May, at the podium at Number 10, says she will seek a further extension of Article 50, which will end when a deal is approved in Parliament.— Ellen Barry (@EllenBarryNYT) April 2, 2019
May said she understood that people were fed up and wanted to leave the EU without a deal, but said she supported reaching a deal and offered to sit down with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to come up with a workable plan.
UK PM May:— Alberto Nardelli (@AlbertoNardelli) April 2, 2019
- will seek further “short as possible” extension to pass WA
- focus will be on approach to future relationship
- key point: suggests no EP election, extension to 22 May - that's risky if deal not passed by then.
May said that a plan agreed between her and Corbyn would be put to MPs for their approval and then taken to the European Council next week. If the two party leaders can't agree on an approach, May said various options would be put before the House of Commons to be voted on and promised that the government would accept the decisions of parliament, but only if Labour did too.Also on rt.com ‘UK is most deeply flawed democracy in the West’ – Ken Livingstone on chaos in Parliament
On Monday evening, British lawmakers rejected four alternative Brexit proposals, including a permanent customs union with the EU, continued participation in the EU single market, a public vote to confirm any Brexit deal and the revoking of Article 50 in the face of a no-deal Brexit.
EU leaders are planning to hold an emergency summit on April 10 to consider allowing a further delay to Brexit, which was pushed back from March 29 to April 12. Brussels' chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday that a no-deal exit is becoming more and more likely "day after day."
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