EU gives Britain six-month delay to Brexit date

British PM seeks to sell new Brexit delay at home

12 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BRUSSELS: European leaders agreed with Britain on Thursday to delay Brexit by up to six months, saving the continent from what could have been a chaotic no-deal departure at the end of the week, reports AFP.

The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that, if London remains in the EU after May 22, British voters will have to take part in European elections—or crash out on June 1.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she would now keep working to get her withdrawal agreement approved by parliament to ensure an orderly split, saying her goal was to leave “as soon as possible”.

The other 27 EU leaders met without May over dinner to thrash out what European Council president Donald Tusk called “a flexible extension until 31 October”.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday was set to try to convince her splintered country to accept the Brexit delay to the fury of many in her own party.

May’s 27 EU counterparts pulled another all-nighter in Brussels before clinching a compromise timetable for the unwinding of nearly half a century of ties that have been guiding many of Britain’s policies.