EU leaves the door open for the postponement of Britain’s exit

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The European Union (EU) has left the door open for an additional deadline for Britain to leave the bloc after March 29, saying it was a “logical” solution to the political crisis in London over the Brexit arrangements.

European Council President Donald Tusk reiterated Monday that postponing Britain’s departure from the European Union beyond March 29 would be a “logical” solution.

Tusk explained in the final press conference of the first summit of the European Union and the Arab League that he discussed on the sidelines of the summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May the legal and procedural aspects of the possibility of extension.

“I think that given the situation in which we find ourselves, an additional deadline will be a logical solution,” he said.

So far, the EU and its 27 members have rejected May’s efforts to renegotiate the Brexit agreement last November.

Tusk said Monday that it was “very clear” to him that there was no majority in the British parliament to support the current agreement and therefore there would be one of two possibilities: “Brexit in a state of chaos” or “extension.”

“The closer we get to March 29, the more likely the extension will be,” he said.

“Whatever the scenario, all (27) members will show a maximum of understanding and goodwill,” Tusk said.

But the British prime minister said at a news conference in Sharm el-Sheikh that she believed there was a possibility to avoid the scenario of additional time.

“I have a real feeling, based on the meetings I have held here and the talks I have held in recent days, that we can reach this agreement,” May told reporters.

The British prime minister raised a storm of protests in her country when she said on Sunday that there would be no vote in the British parliament “before 12 March.”

Mai says she wants more time to renegotiate with Brussels before March 29.

In addition to the opposition of pro-EU British MPs, Mai has been criticized by British economic circles.

– Good progress –

Mae had given herself up until Tuesday to reach a solution on the Brexit agreement.

In Sharm el-Sheikh, May and Tusk met with European officials, including Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Commission, charged with dialogue with Britain.

“We are making good progress,” Juncker said at the press conference.

Since British lawmakers rejected the Brexit deal in January, May has been trying to renegotiate it in the hope of “binding changes” on the “safety net,” an objection to Britain that would keep the Irish border open after Brexit.

London wants the clause on the “safety net” to be temporary or have the right to cancel it unilaterally.

May hopes she can pass the deal in parliament if she gets the amendment.

She said her team would return to Brussels on Tuesday to continue negotiations.

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