EU leaders on Thursday evening agreed on a short-term Brexit extension to allow British Prime Minister Theresa May more time to get his withdrawal agreement through Parliament – just a week before Britain was scheduled to leave the block. 19659002] The UK should leave the EU on March 29 without agreement after the withdrawal agreement can be negotiated with E.U. Leaders in 2018 were shot down for the second time by lawmakers last week – throwing British into a full blown political crisis and leaving May scrambling for a solution to accomplish the outcome of the 2016 referendum.
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May's government, as well as business leaders and pro-Remain politicians, have warned that going without agreement will cause havoc in ports and lead to food and medicine shortages across the country. Several pro-Brexit MPs have insisted that the alleged dangers are overwhelmed.
May be expected to resume its agreement next week in the hope that concessions she has made to her Northern Ireland coalition partner Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will persuade them to reverse their agreement and again convince the fierce Brexiteers in her own party to detain her agreement as a result.
To get more time to get legislators on her side and to allow the technical details of the agreement Through Parliament, she traveled to Brussels with a request for delay until June 30.
The European Council, consisting of the leaders of EU Member States, has been skeptical about giving delays without a fixed plan, but on Thursday evening announced that they had agreed a break until May 22 ̵
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If M ay fails to get his agreement through the parliament, then the delay will only be until April 12, when lawmakers will then meet the choice of either going without agreement, approving a or another new or alternative deal or cancel Article 50 mechanism that triggers Britain's departure from the block.
"What this means in practice is that until that date, all opportunities will remain open and the clip will be delayed," said President Donald Tusk of the European Council at a press conference.
May use her remarks at another press conference to focus on rallying MPs home to her deal and urge them to pass the law.
"I know that MEPs on all sides of the debate have passionate views and I respect them different positions," she said. "I hope we can all agree that we are now, and I will do everything possible to ensure that we are able to leave an agreement and move our country forward."
May have ruled out repealing Article 50 and has said doing so – to get back to the public with another referendum – would risk undermining British public confidence in democracy.
"I don't think that's what you want and that's not what I want," said May in a television talk from 10 downing street Wednesday night "We already asked you the question and you gave us your answer "Now you want to move on."
If there was a longer delay, it would have required the UK to participate in the European Parliament elections in Maybe, something that it does not think will be the British Government or EU leaders. May has also been under pressure to either abstain or hold an election as a way to destroy the dead in parliament.
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It's far from clear that corn agreement will pattern enough votes to pass, has been rejected 391-242 just this month. This voice came just two months after it was shot down in 432-202 in January – the biggest defeat of a prime minister in the history of the House of Commons.
While many left in the House oppose leaving E.U. Most of all and wanting another referendum instead, much of the opposition to the right and DUP agreement is concerned about "backstop" – a safety net that Britain temporarily stays in a customs union until a trade agreement is secured to avoid a tough border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Critics have pointed out the lack of a one-sided exit mechanism in the backstop as evidence that it could never leave the UK or be forced to accept unfavorable trading conditions.
Announced earlier this month that she had secured "legally binding" changes to the agreement to prevent a permanent backstop, but getting the deal through was not enough. The government hopes that the new insurance policies for the DUP will bring its lawmakers on board and that the risk that no Brexit will begin to move more pro-Brexit MEPs reluctantly to reverse the agreement.
Even if the government whips up enough votes, the deal cannot even be presented to Parliament. Speaker John Bercow warned on Monday that he would not allow legislation that was "roughly the same" as that which had already been rejected by Parliament twice.