The European Union has agreed to give Britain a brief Brexit delay, which removes the immediate threat of the UK leaving the EU without agreement next week on 29 March.
EU Member States push the Brexit deadline to April 12 without any conditions, a much shorter period than June 30, UK Prime Minister Theresa May initially requested.
The additional three weeks will give May a third chance to get his Brexit agreement through the UK Parliament. If Parliament approves the agreement, the EU will further extend the Brexit deadline – to 22 May – to allow the United Kingdom time to pass on the necessary national legislation. (The European Parliament must also ratify the agreement, although it is expected to be mostly a formality.)
However, if Parliament rejects the maize agreement for the third time, the UK will either go without agreement on 1
If Britain somehow comes up with a whole new plan, the EU says it will entertain a longer extension but will require the UK to participate in the European parliamentary elections starting May 23. And the new strategy must be more in line with another referendum or softening Brexit, not a fourth vote on the deal.
EU decision to postpone Brexit – only eight days before March 29 – came after the opening hours of the Brussels European Council, which expanded well into the night. Some EU leaders, including France's Emmanuel Macron, clarified their complete exasperation with the political paralysis in Britain and their desire for the EU to take a stronger stance on Mays request.
But EU leaders finally reached this compromise. They arrived on April 12, because it is the week when Britain will tell the EU whether it will be candidates for the European Parliament elections. If the United Kingdom does not – and there is probably no majority in the UK Parliament that will support it – then the United Kingdom must come out of the EU, whether it has an agreement or not.
The new deadline differs from the imminent disaster of a no-deal Brexit, but it does not eliminate it. Some political observers believe it might make it more more likely – in view of the long shot prospect of May & # 39; s Brexit agreement and Parliament's inability to find a majority for something else.
So the EU gave the UK a temporary postponement, but its message was quite clear: send the only offer offered or prepare to break up with the empty hand of the EU.
Now it is up to the United Kingdom to avoid a non-scenario
Prime Minister May gave a brief statement after accepting the EU's Brexit deadline extension, one day after infuriating Members of Parliament by blaming those for the Brexit deathplace.
Perhaps trying to make a more apologetic tone in her Thursday speech and saying that "last night she had expressed her frustration" and that she knew "MEPs are also frustrated."
"I hope we can all agree that we are now at the time of the decision," said May in Brussels "and I will do everything possible to ensure that we can leave with an agreement and move our country forward."
But her voices were pretty much the same as the & # 39; I have always been: Pass my agreement now or leave the EU without agreement.
A request for the British Government to revoke Article 50 – which would effectively cancel Brexit – has now received 3 million votes in the country. But when asked by journalists if she would consider taking that step to avoid a catastrophic crash-out if her Brexit agreement failed a third time, May she insisted she would not. "We want to leave the European Union," she said.
The Brexit drama will now switch back to Westminster, where May is expected to try to put its Brexit agreement into third. Parliament rejected its Brexit plan with 230 votes in January and 150 votes last week. It is a huge margin to settle and it still seems very likely that Parliament will defeat the proposal again.
MPs will also probably try to seize control and speed up various Brexit plans – a softer Brexit, another referendum, or any number of other ideas. But if an alternative plan can get support from a majority of parliamentarians and break Brexit logjam, it is the multi-year question in British politics. And the answer so far has been a resounding no.
So Britain will not leave the EU on March 29 without an agreement. But April 12 is now the tough Brexit deadline. The UK has three weeks to accept a plan or brace even for no-deal fallout.