UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — EU leaders gave British Prime Minister Teresa Mae two more weeks to end April 12 before her country leaves the bloc without an agreement if she fails to persuade MPs to back her agreement with Brussels.
After seven-hour consultations on Thursday, May’s 27 counterparts kept a range of options on the table, increasing pressure on parliament to support May and giving Britain the chance to stay longer, but also paving the way for blame for any disruption that may occur as a result of a break-out.
May wanted to delay the withdrawal until June 30 and tried to reassure the European Union that it would eventually be able to get parliamentary approval for its agreement next week.
EU leaders have planned to approve a shorter extension until May 22 for the withdrawal, which coincides with the eve of the European Parliament elections and left no negotiations on how to deal with any failure until next week. But diplomats said the prime minister had failed significantly to reassure them of her winning the parliament’s approval.
The result May said was satisfactory was that May 22 would be implemented if Parliament approved its plan next week. But if this does not happen, Britain will have to submit a new plan by April 12 or leave the union without an agreement.
“The UK government will have a choice between agreeing, not agreeing or extending for a longer period, or abandoning Article 50,” President Donald Tusk of the Council of Europe told a news conference.
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