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

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

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

But so far the number of Tories publicly switching positions has amounted to a trickle rather than the flood the Prime Minister needs to overturn the 149-vote defeat for the deal she suffered on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Theresa May's hopes of getting a Brexit divorce deal through parliament were given a boost on Saturday after a report that the Northern Irish party propping up her government might move towards backing her deal.

Liberal party leader Guy Verfhofstadt expressed frustration about what he called repeated negative votes by British lawmakers, and said the European Union could only agree to a short delay if parliament made clear what exactly it would support.

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.

Unless May can get a Brexit deal approved by the British parliament, then she will have to decide whether to delay or cancel Brexit or thrust the world's fifth largest economy into chaos by leaving without a deal.

Prime Minister Theresa May will try to persuade MPs for a third time to back her Brexit deal over the coming days.

"If politicians think they can walk all over us, then we're going to march back and tell them they can't".

Instead, leaders want May to set out a road map for the coming months, such as a schedule for votes in Parliament to work out a U.K. Brexit policy that can win majority support.

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The government said it would ask for a "technical" delay until 30 June to pass necessary legislation if MPs finally approve the deal next week.

European Union leaders will consider pressing Britain to delay Brexit by at least a year to find a way out of the domestic maelstrom, though there is shock and growing impatience at the political chaos in London.

Thirdly, Ms Rudd abstained from voting on the government's amended motion ruling out a no-deal Brexit, which was also passed.

If the deal is rejected by MPs again, Mrs May has warned that the EU is likely to only accept a longer delay, which would mean the United Kingdom would need to send new MEPs back to the European Parliament.

And it could also use the same tactics to fend off the requirement to hold EU Parliament elections in May, however long the Article 50 extension is.

Barry Lockey, who arrived in Sunderland carrying a flag with the message "Get Britain out: Time to leave the EU", said that the event is about supporting democracy. This would give them an opportunity to indicate which options they support in the hope of identifying a way out of the impasse.

The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, questioned why the E.U. should grant an extension if the British government is "not ready for a cross-party approach to break the current deadlock?"

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