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Brexit delayed but EU leaders rebuff May's deadline demand

EU leaders have handed Theresa May the shortest of extensions to her Brexit deadline after talks last night

Brexit delayed but EU leaders rebuff May's deadline demand

EU leaders have handed Theresa May the shortest of extensions to her Brexit deadline after talks last night. 

The prime minister had asked to extend the 29 March deadline to 30 June, but was rebuffed by other European leaders over concerns about her ability to come up with a convincing plan B, the Guardian reports. 

If May (pictured) can pass her deal in the House of Commons next week, the UK will have until 22 May to pass the necessary departure legislation.

However, reports suggest the deal is unlikely to receive the support of MPs at this stage. It has already been voted down twice, and the prime minister alienated MPs with a speech on Wednesday evening in which she blamed them for the delay to Brexit. 

As a result, the UK is likely to have until 12 April to come up with an alternative solution to Brexit. This would either push the UK into a 'no-deal' Brexit, or involve an approach that will require holding European elections this year. 

Yesterday May said she believed 'it would be wrong' to hold European parliament elections three years after the original referendum result. 

The prime minister also said yesterday she did not believe it would be right to rescind Article 50 to stop the Brexit process. A petition calling for this has received more than two million signatures on the UK government's website, although some have pointed out the majority of signatures come from areas that voted for Remain in 2016. 

 

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