May's last-ditch dash to Brussels to salvage her Brexit deal

Revoke Article 50 petition soars past 500,000 signatures

After a lengthy discussion, the council today also agreed, subject to a successful vote next week, that in order to provide time for the UK Parliament to agree and ratify a Brexit deal, the date of our departure will now be extended to 22 May.

Instead, they have pushed the trigger back to Britain, which will be confronted by a choice by April 12 on whether to hold an European Union election as part of a long-term rethink or prepare to quit by May 22, or possibly in June, without a deal.

"I've signed. And it looks like every sane person in the country is signing too". "They have hard jobs to do".

"We said here's the vote, what is your decision, and we will deliver on it".

Mrs May was asked to explain why she thought she would get her deal through the House of Commons at the third attempt.

A debate on the deal has been scheduled for Monday but Downing Street said no date has yet been fixed for a vote. May will attend a European Council summit in Brussels this week to discuss the plan for a Brexit extension.

And one leader told Mrs May that the United Kingdom was a "sick patient" that "needed special care" given the precarious state of Parliament.

They did not agree to the 30 June date, but granted an extension comprising two possible dates.

The EU is keen to prevent Britain remaining in the bloc during the election period, as legal advice has said any new parliament may be invalid if Britain doesn't stage a poll.

"I will take over as the leader of the Brexit Party and I will lead this party into the European elections".

22 May - If MPs approve Mrs May's deal next week, this will be the date when the United Kingdom leaves with the deal. But positions have hardened after a chaotic week when the parliament's speaker questioned whether she could even bring her deal to a third vote.

European Parliament elections take place across the EU, with or without the UK.

Theresa May agreed a delay to Brexit with EU27 leaders in Brussels
Theresa May agreed a delay to Brexit with EU27 leaders in Brussels

Theresa May speaking in Brussels after the European Union granted a conditional extension to Article 50.

Asked how long the "long extension" eventually on offer to the United Kingdom could be, Juncker replied: "Until the very end".

Postponing a series of dilemmas is not the same as resolving them.

Little wonder she sought repeatedly last night to pacify rather than alienate MPs.

He is due to address the media in Brussels this morning.

But far from reassuring them, many concluded that she herself had little faith in overturning two previous heavy defeats by lawmakers in London.

French president Emmanuel Macron said only a short "technical" extension was on offer and if MPs reject the agreement "it will guide everybody to a no-deal for sure".

But Number 10 defended her comments, saying they had been intended as a "message to the public" to explain why she had chose to seek an extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process.

More than a million people have signed an online petition asking the British government to stop Brexit within 214 hours, briefly crashing the site on Thursday during a surge in support.

Mrs May said people had voted to leave and were told their decision would be respected.

"When a senior police officer tells your partner that if it was his wife in the situation that I am in, he would say 'I am frightened for her safety", I think that tells you everything'.




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