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EU Agrees To Brexit Delay – But Shorter Than Theresa May Asked For

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 21/03/2019 Ned Simons
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The European Union has agreed to Theresa May’s request for a short delay to Brexit – but not the three-month extension to June 30 she had asked for.

According to a draft of the crunch EU summit’s conclusions, leaders from the remaining 27 nations have said the UK can extend Article 50, but just until May 22 – as long a MPs vote in favour of the PM’s deal next week.

Theresa May et al. posing for the camera © PA Wire/PA Images The date is the day before European elections start.

The UK is due to leave the EU on March 29 – in just eight days time. If a deal is not signed, the legal default remains a no-deal Brexit on that date.

If the Commons once again votes down the agreement the EU is likely to call an emergency summit next week to possibly offer a longer delay.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.


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