Tusk proposes flexible 12-month Brexit delay

Tusk proposes flexible 12-month Brexit delay

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that she would be asking them for another Brexit delay beyond 12 April.

The option could be presented to May at a EU summit on Brexit on April 10 in Brussels and if accepted, Britain would have to hold elections to the European Parliament in May, the official said.

May's team is now negotiating with leaders from the main opposition Labour Party in a bid to find a compromise that can pass parliament in the coming days.

Obscure parliamentary procedures have been resurrected, providing daily drama from the House of Commons but making the future of Britain's biggest change in generations no clearer.

The Labour Party, the main opposition in Britain, on Friday accused the British government of failing to offer real change or compromise during the talks to end the current Brexit deadlock.

In a letter, May has told Tusk she still hopes a Brexit solution can be found by May 23 to avoid Britain taking part in the European Parliament elections.

Ahead of an European Union summit on Wednesday, May was forced to ask for another extension, until June 30, to prevent the country crashing out the bloc next Friday.

But there seems to be little appetite in Brussels for an extension that could create another cliff edge in three months.

You could nearly hear the sound of collective eye-rolling across 27 European capitals after Theresa May requested a Brexit extension-time (till 30th June) that Brussels has already repeatedly rejected.

If MPs said no to any new extension date proposed by the European Union, there would be no time to renegotiate the date with Brussels. As in May's proposal, the extension could be halted early if Britain ratifies the withdrawal agreement.

"Nobody wants a long extension", he added.

According to a senior official, Tusk told the room: "I would call it a "flextension".

The bill was approved by the House of Commons late Wednesday by a single vote, and was being debated Thursday in Parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords. There is fierce opposition from Brexit backers in the Conservative Party to these options. But more talks were planned between staff of May and Corbyn. "But if you are able to get the withdrawal agreement ratified before the 22 May then you might not actually have to fight them, and there is zero appetite in the United Kingdom for fighting EP elections", Hunt said.

European leaders, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, have said they want to hear a clear reason as to why Brexit should be delayed any further - a move that would add to uncertainties weighing on business across the bloc. Also reducing the prospect of Britain exiting the bloc without a deal.

Norbert Roettgen, head of the foreign affairs committee in the German parliament, backed Tusk's proposal to allow up to a year.

There also were fears about a chaotic Brexit on April 12.

In the 2016 referendum, the people of the Newport West constituency voted Leave by a 56-44 margin.

"We are ready to hold further detailed discussions this weekend in order to seek any such changes in the run-up to European Council on Wednesday".

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson dismissed the claim, saying "there is no need for any other referendum". But it still split her cabinet and infuriated the most eurosceptic of her Conservatives.

Labour too is divided. Labour is pushing for this declaration to require the U.K.to remain in a customs union with the EU (ensuring tariff-free movement of goods into and out of the EU) as well as to guarantee that the United Kingdom would continue to match the EU's high standards on worker and consumer rights and environmental protections.

Dianne Hayter, Labour's Brexit spokesperson in the Lords, said she was willing to debate all day and night if need be to get it through.

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