British government confirms it will hold European elections

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UNITED KINGDOM (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Britain will hold elections for the European Parliament on May 23, regardless of the outcome of ongoing talks between the opposition and the government over the Brexit agreement, Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington said.

“Due to the short time remaining … it will not be possible, unfortunately, to end the Brexit before the legal date for the European Parliament elections,” he said in a television interview.

After a two-time postponement, the British government hoped to approve an exit agreement before the polling date to avoid participating in the elections.

“We really hope that we can organize our exit from the European Union and reach an agreement so that we do not have to conduct these elections,” Leidington said.

He added that the government is doubling “efforts and talks with deputies from all parties to ensure that the postponement of Brexit will not last longer.”

“We do not want these European MPs to take their seats at a time when we certainly hope to do it before the summer break,” he said.

The European Parliament holds its first session in July, and the British Parliament begins its summer vacation on July 20.

“This means making efforts, working hard and making concessions from all the political parties and activists from the camps to stay and get out,” he said.

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