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May counts on European Union for Brexit delay, World News & Top Stories

17 March 2019
May counts on European Union for Brexit delay, World News & Top Stories

Britain is in a state of limbo over its impending exit from the European Union and no one knows it better than its own people. They are likely to agree to an extension as long as there was a prospect of a deal being reached - or a referendum or general election which could change the political landscape at Westminster. Listen to the full conversation here.

He also confirmed that the Labour leadership would be backing an amendment by two of his party's MPs, Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson, that could allow Theresa May's deal or any deal for that matter, to go through as long as there was a referendum at the end of it.

It could be a legal standpoint that aids Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexiteers that have opposed her deal twice, to vote for it in a third round next week.

The vote was defeated by a margin of 334 votes to 85, meaning it would not have passed even if Labour MPs who abstained had supported it. However this will require unanimous agreement from the 27 leaders, which is not guaranteed as the EU's chief negotiator and several leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, have said there would need to be a good reason given.

Even if the deadline is unanimously agreed, the Prime Minister will still need to get a deal through the Houses of Commons, which is now divided on the matter of the Irish back-stop.

Japan's top government spokesperson has urged both Britain and the European Union to ensure that the departure process holds no further surprises and be "legally stable". He added that "as long as this isn't clear, Brexit can only be delayed for a few weeks, exclusively to avoid a chaotic withdrawal March 29". "They've got their no-deal taken off the table by four votes".

A spokesman for the European Commission said extending Article 50, the mechanism taking the United Kingdom out of the EU on 29 March, would need the "unanimous agreement" of all EU member states.

"No extension should be granted beyond July 1 unless the European Parliament elections are held at the mandatory date", the paper said, as quoted by the Financial Times.

Originally, Corbyn had been against the idea of the second vote, yet with the abrupt exit of eight members of Labour, the leader favoured the referendum.

MPs voted to extend Article 50 until 30 June by a majority of 412 to 202.

A cabinet minister involved in the talks with the DUP told the Spectator the chances of the Northern Irish party backing the government's deal were around 60 percent.

In what pro-EU supporters said was a metaphor for his decision to walk away from the fallout of Brexit, Farage said he wouldn't be completing the full two-week walk to London but would instead join campaigners for about a third of it.