Addressing British lawmakers in parliament Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May renewed calls for compromise. But with Britain's Parliament still deadlocked over whether to approve the government's divorce deal with the bloc, European Union leaders have postponed the Brexit deadline until October 31.
Britain will be able to leave before then if its parliament finally manages to ratify the hotly-contested divorce deal May reached with the bloc and that has been behind all the political turmoil in London, with MPs unable to back it - or any alternative they themselves have come up with.
"The problem is, the people who are leading our negotiations, like Olly Robbins, who is an absolute federalist, have never wanted us to leave the European Union".
"The choices we face are stark and the timetable is clear". But it's still unclear how, and even if, Brexit will happen. Upon concluding to a decision of offering about 6 months to UK PM May for reaching a solution to unify her divided parliament on Brexit issue, Summit Chair Donald Tusk had briefed PM May about the outcomes of the talks.
"I think there is actually more agreement in relation to a customs union than is often given credit for when different language is used", she said.
Annunziata Rees-Mogg speaks during the launch of the Brexit Party's European election campaign, Coventry, England, Friday, April 12, 2019. I suspect that one of the reasons why Britons were not allowed to vote in the referendum was the perception that most would have voted to stay.
The pound traded steady and stocks held firm on news of the extension.
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If May fails to win over lawmakers on the treaty or fails to hold an election, Britain will leave with no deal on June 1.
France's Europe minister on Thursday defended President Emmanuel Macron's opposition to granting a Brexit extension of more than six months.
Theresa May is preparing one final attempt to win backing for her Brexit blueprint to avoid the United Kingdom being forced to vote in next month's elections to the European Parliament.
She admitted that the talks under way between the government and Labour to identify common ground would not be easy and required each side to compromise.
Leftists and globalist-progressive Tories have been engaged in a continuity Remain campaign since June 2016 to either soften Brexit or stop it, such as by calling for a second referendum on Brexit in true Brussels fashion that if an electorate is asked enough times, they will eventually make a decision preferable to the EU.
A No 10 source said they would continue to pursue the dialogue as long as they believed it was making progress, but added: "Bluntly, we won't continue to talk for the sake of it".
In the interview, Hammond also said that Tory leadership rivals are already jockeying for position to succeed May, but that a Conservative Party leadership election before Brexit concludes would be a mistake: "Starting the leadership process before we have resolved the question would not be helpful, it would look self-indulgent".