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European Union delays Brexit until Oct. 31, saving Britain from messy EU exit this week

European Union delays Brexit until Oct. 31, saving Britain from messy EU exit this weekThe extension to Oct. 31 is intended to give British Prime Minister Theresa May more time to get her Brexit deal through Parliament.



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Merkel says backs longer Brexit delay than London seeking

Merkel says backs longer Brexit delay than London seekingGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that she was open to giving Britain more time to arrange its exit from the EU than the June 30 departure London is seeking. Merkel told Germany’s parliament ahead of a special EU summit in Brussels dedicated to Brexit that leaders may well agree to a delay “longer than the British prime minister (Theresa May) has requested”. “I am of the opinion, the German government is of the opinion, that we should give both (British) parties a reasonable amount of time” to reach an agreement on an orderly Brexit, she said.



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Lords Move to Prevent No-Deal as Talks Stumble: Brexit Update

Lords Move to Prevent No-Deal as Talks Stumble: Brexit UpdateTheresa May is trying to find a new Brexit compromise with the opposition Labour Party, and officials from both sides will hold “technical talks” talks on Monday evening. House of Lords approves a bill aimed at stopping a no-deal Brexit.



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REFILE-UPDATE 1-UK's May says greater risk of no Brexit the longer it takes to find compromise

REFILE-UPDATE 1-UK's May says greater risk of no Brexit the longer it takes to find compromiseBritish Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday that the longer it takes to find a compromise with the opposition Labour Party to secure a parliamentary majority for a Brexit deal, the less likely it is that Britain will leave the European Union. May has so far failed to secure backing for her negotiated agreement with Brussels as some Conservative lawmakers and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her minority government, have voted it down. “The fact is that on Brexit there are areas where the two main parties agree: we both want to end free movement, we both want to leave with a good deal, and we both want to protect jobs,” May said in comments released by her Downing Street office.



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UK opposition leader: I'm waiting for May to move Brexit 'red lines'

UK opposition leader: I'm waiting for May to move Brexit 'red lines'With Britain due to leave the bloc on April 12 and no sign of her minority government being able to pass a deal through parliament on its own, May turned to Labour Party leader Corbyn in recent days in the hope of securing a bi-partisan agreement. A deal with Corbyn could be May’s last chance to deliver Brexit without either a long delay or leaving with no deal at all. “I’m waiting to see the red lines move,” he told the BBC.



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U.K. Risks Brexit Purgatory as Lawmakers Question May's Strategy

U.K. Risks Brexit Purgatory as Lawmakers Question May's StrategyA long but flexible extension to the Brexit process proposed by the European Union was denounced as “like purgatory” by a leading U.K. lawmaker, as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to build support for a compromise departure plan. The government needs to move forward with leaving the trading bloc as soon as possible, the Conservative Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss told BBC radio on Sunday. While May will meet EU leaders Wednesday to make her case for a short extension to June 30, European Council President Donald Tusk is pushing for a delay of as long as a year to allow time to forge a new consensus, with an option to leave earlier once the withdrawal agreement is ratified by parliament.



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UK's May says greater risk of no Brexit the longer it takes to find compromise

UK's May says greater risk of no Brexit the longer it takes to find compromiseBritish Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday that the longer it takes to find a comprise with the opposition Labour Party to secure a parliamentary majority for a Brexit deal, the less likely it is that Britain will leave the European Union. May has so far failed to secure backing for her negotiated agreement with Brussels as some Conservative lawmakers and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her minority government, have voted it down.



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British PM asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30

British PM asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union on Friday to delay Britain’s departure from the bloc until June 30, with the extension ending earlier if parliament approves her Brexit deal. “The United Kingdom proposes that (the extension) should end on June 30 2019. If the parties are able to ratify before this date, the government proposes that the period should be terminated earlier,” May wrote in a letter to EU Council president Donald Tusk.



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May's Bid to Break Brexit Impasse Stalls as Labour Disappointed

May's Bid to Break Brexit Impasse Stalls as Labour DisappointedPrime Minister Theresa May’s attempt to break the deadlock over Brexit stalled after the opposition Labour Party said she hasn’t offered “real change” to her policy. The stalemate will make it harder for May to argue at a summit next week that she needs only a short extension to Britain’s EU membership to get a Brexit deal approved at home. May has failed to get the accord she negotiated with EU leaders ratified by a divided Parliament and so has turned to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for help.



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Labour can do Brexit deal with PM May but needs new referendum: deputy leader

Labour can do Brexit deal with PM May but needs new referendum: deputy leaderBritain’s opposition Labour Party can do a deal with Prime Minister Theresa May on customs arrangements but the party might not support any Brexit proposal unless it includes a new referendum, deputy leader Tom Watson said. Labour is meeting the government for a third day of talks on a possible solution to the impasse over Brexit, with May seeking a further delay while she seeks to find a deal that can get parliamentary support. “We’re genuinely going in with an open mind, but if it comes out of that process without the idea of a confirmatory ballot, I think we would have a bit of difficulty with our parliamentary party,” Watson said in an interview with BBC radio, adding that talks on customs arrangements could be easier.



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