BREXIT: British PM Theresa May agrees extension until October 31

DELAY: Tusk (left), May and other EU leaders met in Brussels yesterday. CREDIT: European Council

THE leaders of EU member states have agreed to delay Brexit until October 31 following a summit in Brussels which began yesterday (Wednesday).

The EU has said that Britain will have totake part in next month’s European Parliament elections. It would leave without a deal on June 1 if it does not, according to the terms of the agreement.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May had initially sought a shorter extension until June 30. EU officials including European Council president Donald Tusk originally floated an extension of a year to allow time for lawmakers in Westminster to reach agreement on a withdrawal deal.

May said Britain would still aim to leave the bloc as quickly as possible.

“I do not pretend the next few weeks will be easy, or that there is a simple way to break the deadlock in Parliament.

“But we have a duty as politicians to find a way to fulfil the democratic decision of the referendum, deliver Brexit and move our country forward,” the prime minister said.

Tusk said his message to Britain was that no time should be wasted in finding a way out of the Brexit impasse.

“The course of action will be entirely in Britain’s hands. They can still ratify the withdrawal agreement, in which case the extension will be terminated,” the European Council president said.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the leaders of the EU27 were using all their political will to ensure there would not be a ‘messy’ Brexit.

It was now up to MPs in the British Parliament to find a solution and the EU had to wait and see how events played out, Sanchez added.

Britain will still be required to comply with the terms of EU membership while it remains a member of the bloc.


  1. So it’s a Brexit delay until Halloween now. How appropriate – the night when all the ghosts and ghouls come out to play! Mwa-ha-ha-haaaaaa… (grin)
    Seriously though, thank goodness the EU launched a lifeboat (again) to save us all from drowning in a no-deal shipwreck tomorrow (Friday 12 June.) Mind you, we could still founder on 1st June if the prime minister either can’t or won’t let us take part in the European elections in May. The reason this could still happen is because the elections are enshrined in both EU and UK law. If we did not take part then the whole country would be breaking the law, so we would all have to walk the plank in June. It wouldn’t surprise me if that actually happens given the sheer crass stupidity displayed by the UK government since this whole piece of nonsense began and the total impasse in Westminster.
    Theoretically, we could still leave with a deal before Halloween if it goes through parliament, but I seriously doubt there will be any progress made until something happens that changes the situation fundamentally. A ‘People’s Vote’ might do that. More than 6 million people signed the petition – an all time record. For the life of me, I do not understand why Theresa May is so set against that when it would finally settle the will of the people one way or the other and completely override this utter paralysis among her MPs and government ministers. A general election might achieve the same end, but that definitely won’t happen while she is still the PM. So it would either be Jeremy Corbyn or some successor to Theresa in charge, maybe Boris? What a choice, eh? The words Devil and Deep Blue Sea spring to mind.
    Buckle your seat belts people – it’s going to be a rough ride!

    • Oops! I’ve written tomorrow’s Friday 12 June when I meant to write Friday 12 April. Must have been a ‘Senior Moment’ prompted by all the excitement. Not!


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