European Union to grant May a Brexit delay, with conditions

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European leaders were poised to delay Brexit on Wednesday, but questions remained over just how much longer to give Prime Minister Theresa May to deliver an orderly divorce - and what conditions to attach.

British prime minister Theresa May held talks in both Berlin with German chancellor Angela Merkel and in Paris with French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday (9 April) - a day before a crucial summit in Brussels where European Union leaders will decide on any Brexit extension.

It had been thought the Conservative leader would push for an extension until June 30, or even until next year.

Meanwhile, veteran Tory Eurosceptic Sir Bill Cash has written to Mr Tusk warning that an extended delay was likely to face a legal challenge in the British courts, "thus further prolonging the uncertainty surrounding the UK's exit from the EU".

Economists warn a no-deal Brexit could generate economic shockwaves on both sides of the Channel and cause severe delays at border points, despite preparations to mitigate these risks. "So we must now press on at pace with our efforts to reach consensus on a deal that is in the national interest", she added, acknowledging the coming weeks would not be easy.

'Until the end of this period, the United Kingdom will also have the possibility to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit altogether'.

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The EU has continually said it will not re-open the withdrawal agreement for negotiations, but Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom has renewed her plea for it to look at it again.

The blueprint hashed out during six hours of talks in Brussels allows the U.K.to stay in the bloc until October 31 to provide more time for the British government to get the divorce terms ratified in Parliament.

European leaders agreed with Britain on Thursday to delay Brexit by up to six months, saving the continent from what could have been a chaotic no-deal departure at the end of the week. May said she wants to leave "as soon as possible". "But it was not logical in my view, and above all, it was neither good for us, nor for the United Kingdom", said Macron.

She argued that she needed a short amount of extra time to complete the process of cross-party compromise talks with her main opponents, Jeremy Corbyn's socialist Labour Party.

Reuters is reporting that European Union member states will offer an extension to 31 October with a review in June.

Labour want to see the United Kingdom enter in a customs union with the EU after Brexit, but May has repeatedly said the government must be able to operate its own trade policy.

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Seeking support from European heavyweights Tuesday, May flew to Berlin and Paris to plead for good terms with Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been taking a tough stance ahead of the Brussels summit.

Despite the new agreement, May's future is uncertain.

British Prime Minister Theresa May at an extraordinary European Union leaders summit to discuss Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium, April 11, 2019.

Every British initiative to get a deal has floundered.

"It doesn't want to leave without a deal; at the moment it doesn't want to vote for the deal".

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