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Brexit: EU says UK must leave in three weeks with no deal unless MPs back May or decide plan B - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to the new Brexit timetable decided by EU leaders at their summit 8.21am GMT This is from Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s lead Brexit spokesman.Welcome that #EUCO followed the advice of @Europarl_EN & has provided for an extension that will give the UK Parliament time to deliver a constructive cross-party majority for a positive future relationship. #Brexit 8.15am GMT Hilary Benn, the Labou...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Brexit, European Union, Europe, Theresa May, Article 50, Conservatives, Foreign policy


'It was not clear if she had a plan at all': how May's night at the summit unfolded

As EU27 leaders took control of Brexit timetable, the only thing they found it easy to agree on was there was ‘no ideal date’Theresa May usually gets less than an hour to explain her Brexit plans to the EU’s 27 leaders at regular summits. Finally, with only eight days to go until the original deadline, the British prime minister was granted a full 90 minutes in the multi-coloured summit room in the Europa headquarters. For the EU, it was not time well spent.“It was 90 minutes of nothing,” one EU...
Tags: Brexit, Theresa May, Article 50, European Union, Politics, UK news, Europe, Foreign policy


May urges MPs to back her deal to secure Brexit delay until 22 May – as it happened

If the deal is not passed then Brexit would be delayed only until 12 April, she has agreed with EUMacron says UK heading for no deal if MPs reject May’s planCorbyn refuses to rule out revoking article 50May refuses to revoke article 50 despite 2m signing petition 12.57am GMT We’re going to close down this live blog after a Brexit marathon at the EU summit in Brussels. Here’s a summary of the day’s events: Related: May's appeal falls flat as EU seizes control of Brexit date 12.06am GMT ...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Brexit, European Union, Europe, Foreign policy, Theresa May, Conservatives, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour, Article 50, Emmanuel Macron, Confederation of British Industry (CBI, TUC


May urges MPs to back her deal to secure Brexit delay until 22 May – Politics live

If the deal is not passed then Brexit would be delayed only until 12 April, she has agreed with EUMacron says UK heading for no deal if MPs reject May’s planCorbyn refuses to rule out revoking article 50May refuses to revoke article 50 despite 2m signing petition 12.06am GMT Here’s the snap analysis from my colleague, Heather Stewart:Notably softer tone from PM tonight after last night’s bombast - understands MPs’ frustrations; doesn’t *rule out* a longer extension, just says she “believes s...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Brexit, European Union, Europe, Foreign policy, Theresa May, Conservatives, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour, Article 50, Emmanuel Macron, Confederation of British Industry (CBI, TUC


EU agrees to delay Brexit until 22 May if deal is passed, or to 12 April if it isn't – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders have agreed to delay Brexit by extending article 50 Macron says UK heading for no deal if MPs reject May’s planCorbyn refuses to rule out revoking article 50‘Revoke article 50’: petition exceeds 1m signatures amid site crashes 11.17pm GMT May is asked to rank in order of preference her choices – leaving the EU with or without a deal, delaying Brexit and revoking ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, TUC, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Emmanuel Macron


May's appeal falls flat as EU seizes control of Brexit date

PM ‘dismally’ fails to offer answers in Brussels, as EU leaders take matters into their own hands in late night talks EU leaders moved to seize control of Britain’s exit date from the bloc after an unconvincing appeal by Theresa May on Thursday for a three-month Brexit delay.In an address to the leaders described by one source as “90 minutes of nothing”, the prime minister failed to persuade leaders that she had a plan to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron


Brexit extension talks run on as France and Belgium push for 7 May deadline - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extensionMacron says UK heading for no deal if MPs reject May’s planCorbyn refuses to rule out revoking article 50‘Revoke article 50’: petition exceeds 1m signatures amid site crashes 8.16pm GMT Here in Brussels, where it’s now past 8pm, we’ve been patiently awaiting a joint press conference from Jean-...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, TUC, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brussels, Article 50


Brexit: Talks overrun as EU leaders discuss UK request for article 50 extension - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extensionMacron says UK heading for no deal if MPs reject May’s planCorbyn refuses to rule out revoking article 50‘Revoke article 50’: petition exceeds 1m signatures amid site crashes 7.18pm GMT More reports on what seems to be going on in the EU27 discussion.These are from the Sun’s Nick Gutteridge.La...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Sun, TUC, Brussels, Article 50, European Parliament, Brexit


Brexit: EU 'to agree extension to 22 May if MPs back May's deal', leaked draft conclusions say - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extensionMay arrives at EU summit saying UK must ‘deliver Brexit’ for the peopleMacron says UK will be heading for no deal if MPs vote down agreementCorbyn refuses to rule out revoking article 50EU summit - What we’ve learnt from the arrivals 5.11pm GMT The catastrophic impact of no-deal on Ireland’s f...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Green, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, David Lammy, WTO, Vince Cable, Brussels


Brexit: Macron says UK heading for no deal if MPs defy May, as PM arrives in Brussels - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extensionMay arrives at EU summit saying UK must ‘deliver Brexit’ for the peopleMacron says UK will be heading for no deal if MPs vote down agreementCorbyn refuses to rule out revoking article 50EU summit - What we’ve learnt from the arrivals 4.09pm GMT The Telegraph’s James Rothwell has another line f...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Emmanuel Macron, Macron


UK heading for no-deal Brexit if MPs reject agreement, says Macron – video

The French president has said that if British MPs reject Theresa May's withdrawal deal next week, it will 'guide everybody to a no-deal [Brexit]'. Emmanuel Macron also said the EU and the UK could agree a technical extension if the House of Commons were to vote in favour Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, France, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, Article 50, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, Macron


Macron says UK heading for no deal if MPs defy May, as PM arrives in Brussels - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extensionMay arrives at EU summit saying UK must ‘deliver Brexit’ for the peopleMacron says UK will be heading for no deal if MPs vote down agreement 2.13pm GMT Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission, president, said there would have to be another summit if there is a vote against the Brexit deal...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Emmanuel Macron


May arrives at EU summit saying UK must 'deliver Brexit' for the people - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extension 1.06pm GMT Stefan Lofven, the Swedish prime minister, said a short article 50 extension would depend on MPs backing the Brexit deal as he arrived at the EU summit. He said:An extension would also depend upon the voting in the House of Commons because we believe it is very important that the H...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Stefan Lofven


Brexit: Theresa May says high time MPs vote for her deal – as it happened

Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including PM’s statement at Downing Street and Labour leader leaving meeting Full story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 12.27am GMT I am going to wrap this up now. Here a few of tonight’s highlights at a glance:Theresa May tells the British People ‘I’m on your side” ...which side is that? Leave, Remain, or Resign? 11....
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Tusk, Andrea Leadsom, Beth Rigby, Downing Street and Labour


Brexit: Theresa May says high time MPs vote for her deal in No 10 statement – Politics live

Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including PM’s statement at Downing Street and Labour leader leaving meeting Full story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 9.20pm GMT Here the the PM’s full statement: “Nearly three years have passed since the public voted to leave the European Union. “It was the biggest democratic exercise in our country’s history. “I ca...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, National Health Service, Parliament, Article 50, Sunday Times, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn walks out of party leaders' meeting – Politics live

Rolling updates on the day’s political events, including Labour leader leaving meeting and May’s letter to the EU asking to delay Brexit until 30 JuneFull story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 8.25pm GMT The PM is running late and is rumoured to keep things short and snappy. PM statement delayed to 2030. Am told to expect a relatively short one. 8.18pm GMT Ther...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Tusk, Andrea Leadsom


Brexit: EU to allow short article 50 extension only if MPs vote for deal, says Tusk – Politics live

Theresa May writes to the EU asking to delay Brexit until 30 June, and tells MPs at PMQs public would find long delay unacceptableFull story: May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 JuneKey points in May’s letter to the EUExplainer: what happens next?PMQs verdictDonald Tusk’s statement - Full textWhat Tusk’s announcement means - Snap analysis 6.21pm GMT Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, has now released the text of the letter he has sent to EU leaders ahead of the summit star...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Jean-claude Juncker, Strasbourg, Article 50, Brexit, Tusk, Jeremy Corbyn


Donald Tusk: EU will only back short Brexit delay if May's deal passes

Brussels expects UK government to ask for long extension if deal fails againFollow the day’s political developments – live updatesDonald Tusk has put a no-deal Brexit back in play by saying EU leaders will only agree a short Brexit delay if Theresa May’s deal is backed by the Commons next week.After belatedly receiving the prime minister’s formal request for an extension and speaking to her on the phone, the European council president admitted that success appeared “frail, even illusory”. Contin...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Article 50, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, Donald Tusk


Theresa May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 June

Prime minister says longer delay would mean a failure to deliver on 2016 referendumFollow the latest political developments - live updatesTheresa May has written to the EU seeking a brief delay to Brexit until the end of June, telling MPs that a longer delay would mean “a failure to deliver” on the result of the 2016 referendum. Related: Theresa May is seeking a short Brexit delay – what happens next? Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Article 50, Brexit


PMQs: May says she doesn't want a long Brexit delay as No 10 releases letter to EU – Politics live

Theresa May writes to the EU asking to delay Brexit, and faces Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsFull story: Theresa May to ask for three-month Brexit delayJuncker raises prospect of emergency Brexit summit next weekCorbyn to meet Barnier before May asks EU leaders for delay 12.19pm GMT Corbyn says today marks 1,000 days since the referendum. May is running down the clock, he says. But she has failed to convince MPs that her deal is anything other than a failure. People are frustrated by her approach. Wi...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn, Andrea Leadsom, Barnier, Will May


Juncker raises prospect of emergency Brexit summit next week

European commission president says fresh meeting likely as May ‘doesn’t have agreement to anything’Follow the day’s political developments - live updatesJean-Claude Juncker has raised the prospect of an emergency summit of EU leaders next week to decide on a Brexit delay, blaming ongoing chaos in Theresa May’s cabinet.The European commission president said a letter from May requesting an extension to article 50, delaying the UK’s exit beyond 29 March, had not arrived overnight as expected. Conti...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Jean-claude Juncker, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk, Juncker, Claude Juncker


Brexit: May bends to pressure from Tory Brexiters and rules out long article 50 extension request – Politics live

Theresa May writes to the EU asking to delay Brexit, and faces Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsBrexit delay decision unlikely this week, says Juncker 9.15am GMT Here are some more lines from Jean-Claude Juncker’s interview with the German radio station DRF.[Months set aside for a short article 50 extension] would have to produce, as an end result, an agreement from the British Parliament to the [agreement] text which is before them. If that doesn’t happen, and if Great Britain does not leave at the end...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Great Britain, Jean Claude Juncker, British Parliament, Juncker, DRF, Tory Brexiters


Brexit delay decision unlikely this week, says Juncker

Revolt by pro-Brexit cabinet ministers forces PM to request only three-month extension from EUTheresa May will ask for only a short extension to article 50 delaying Brexit by less than three months, after a revolt among pro-leave cabinet ministers and MPs that threatened her premiership.The prime minister had previously intended to agree a longer extension with the EU involving European parliamentary elections if her withdrawal agreement did not pass by Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Juncker


May asks EU for Brexit delay with cabinet in deadlock over 'crisis'

PM forced to seek extension of article 50 as No 10 admits it is too late to leave with a dealTheresa May will be forced to write to EU leaders on Wednesday and beg them to delay Brexit, with her cabinet deadlocked over the best way out of what Downing Street now concedes is a “crisis”.The government had maintained until the last possible moment that Brexit could go ahead as planned on 29 March or after a brief “technical extension”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Conservative Leadership, Donald Tusk


No-deal ferry plans to protect NHS supplies to be triggered

Action to safeguard imports of medicines to begin this week despite likely Brexit delayNo-deal contingency plans to safeguard medicine imports are set to be triggered on Wednesday, despite the potential delay to Brexit, with approved suppliers told to book space on the government’s emergency ferry service.Although the prime minister is to request an extension to article 50 which would postpone Britain’s departure from the EU, Whitehall will enact plans to ensure the flow of critical supplies sho...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Infrastructure, Britain, Foreign Policy, NHS, Transport, Water transport, Transport policy, Article 50


May to ask EU for Brexit extension as UK slides into political 'crisis'

PM’s spokesman refuses to say how long a delay she will request amid deepening chaosTheresa May believes the UK has slid into political crisis, her spokesman said, as he confirmed she would be writing to EU leaders to request a delay to Brexit.The prime minister’s plan to bring her Brexit deal back to parliament for a third meaningful vote, before EU leaders gathered on Thursday, was thrown into chaos on Monday, when the House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, said parliamentary convention meant ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk


Ten days to Brexit: what happens if the UK does not leave on 29 March?

An extension now looks likely – how long will Brexit be delayed for and can it be stopped altogether?Today’s latest political developments - live updatesIt is 10 days before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. Currently we do not know when, or if, Brexit will take place; if it does happen then under what, if any deal; or even, after John Bercow’s ruling, whether the government can put its plan again to MPs if it wants to do so. So what could happen next? Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Article 50, Brexit


EU ministers baffled and frustrated by latest Brexit chaos

Ministers bemused at Bercow’s decision and warn no deal inevitable if UK can’t decide on next move Today’s latest political developments - live updatesThe latest chaos in Westminster prompted complaints of exhaustion from Berlin and some gentle mockery by the French as EU ministers gathered to discuss a potential delay to Brexit.As ministers arrived in Brussels to hold their talks, it was clear that the decision by the speaker, John Bercow, to effectively block a third vote on Theresa May’s deal...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, France, Germany, Berlin, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Bercow, Romania, Brussels


May could still hold another vote on her deal, Brexit secretary insists

Stephen Barclay says vote possible if PM agrees terms of article 50 extension with EUToday’s latest political developments - live updatesThe Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, has insisted the prime minister may be able to hold another vote on her Brexit deal if she agrees the terms of an article 50 extension with the EU, believing that would satisfy the objections of House of Commons Speaker John Bercow.Theresa May will chair cabinet on Tuesday after she was forced to pull any immediate plans f...
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