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A Real Halloween Horror Show! Brexit: UK and EU agree delay to 31 October
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 11, 2019 07:27AM
Trick or Treat!

Brexit: UK and EU agree delay to 31 October
[www.bbc.com]

European Union leaders have granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit, after late-night talks in Brussels.

The new deadline - 31 October - averts the prospect of the UK having to leave the EU without a deal on Friday, as MPs are still deadlocked over a deal.


European Council President Donald Tusk said his "message to British friends" was "please do not waste this time".

Theresa May, who had wanted a shorter delay, said the UK would still aim to leave the EU as soon as possible.

The UK must now hold European elections in May, or leave on 1 June without a deal.

The prime minister will later make a statement on the Brussels summit to the House of Commons, while talks with the Labour Party, aimed at reaching consensus on how to handle Brexit, are set to continue.

Mrs May tweeted: "The choices we now face are stark and the timetable is clear. So we must now press on at pace with our efforts to reach a consensus on a deal that is in the national interest."

So far, MPs have rejected the withdrawal agreement Mrs May reached with other European leaders last year and they have voted against leaving the EU without a deal.

The EU has ruled out any renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement.

Before the summit, Mrs May had told leaders she wanted to move the UK's exit date from this Friday to 30 June, with the option of leaving earlier if Parliament ratified her agreement.

What is the reaction in the UK?
For Labour, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer called the delay to 31 October "a good thing", saying businesses would be "relieved".

He added: "Negotiations are in good faith. We all feel a deep sense of duty to break the impasse.

"But there's also this question of how on Earth do we ensure that anything this prime minister promises is actually delivered in the future because of course she's already said she's going to step down, probably within months."

One government minister told BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg the latest delay to Brexit could mean a Conservative Party leadership contest after Easter, with a new prime minister potentially in place by June.

Former Brexit Secretary David Davis said: "There's been no progress whatsoever, really."

He added that it was still "difficult to see how" Mrs May could get her deal with the EU through Parliament and said: "The pressure on her to go will increase dramatically now, I suspect."

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted her "relief" that the UK wouldn't be "crashing out" on Friday, adding that "allowing people to decide if they still want to leave is now imperative".
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Re: A Real Halloween Horror Show! Brexit: UK and EU agree delay to 31 October
Posted by: pdq
Date: April 11, 2019 08:05AM
I actually thought it was kind of funny.

“Please give us a few more weeks!”

“Tell you what - we’ll give you half a year, if you will just stop bothering us and get your @#$%& together.”

They won’t, of course. Any non-disastrous Brexit will never satisfy British conservatives (kinda like the wonderful Republican replacement for Obamacare).

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Re: A Real Halloween Horror Show! Brexit: UK and EU agree delay to 31 October
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 11, 2019 01:50PM
I think it's a mistake. It's just giving extreme factions more time to manipulate different business/markets for their own desires. The Leave faction wants to try to get people fed up so that Stay voters won't go to the polls if there is another referendum. Low turnout almost always favors Conservatives/Alt-Reich.



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Re: A Real Halloween Horror Show! Brexit: UK and EU agree delay to 31 October
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: April 11, 2019 02:40PM
At this point I don't think the EU wants them back.
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Re: A Real Halloween Horror Show! Brexit: UK and EU agree delay to 31 October
Posted by: deckeda
Date: April 12, 2019 06:46AM
Yes, conservatives will use this time to moan about how bad things are “like this” and just wait everyone out. Because it’s FAR easier to be an unhappy “victim” rather than structure a positive solution to anything.

May will likely still leave, and the UK will be no better, just “different” (same).
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