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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: 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


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


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


Barnier tells May she must offer 'something new' to get long Brexit extension from EU - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May chairing cabinet after John Bercow ruled she cannot bring same Brexit deal back to Commons for vote 4.51pm GMT Here is the full text of Michel Barnier’s opening statement at the press conference. 4.36pm GMT Paris reiterated its tough line on Tuesday afternoon, insisting no extension could be granted to the UK without the government presenting a credible “new strategy or plan” which would need to ha...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Angela Merkel, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Paris, John Bercow, Brexit, Donald Tusk, EU Politics, Michel Barnier, Barnier


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


Brexit: May under pressure from EU leaders to provide 'clarity' over article 50 extension request - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May chairing cabinet after John Bercow ruled she cannot bring same Brexit deal back to Commons for vote 1.21pm GMT This is from Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, following his meeting with Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, in Dublin. The two men had been due to hold a press briefing after their talks, but according to Sky News that was cancelled.⁦Welcomed @eucopresident⁩ Donald Tusk...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Bbc, Rome, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, John Bercow, Sky News, Dublin, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, Laura Kuenssberg


Brexit: More Labour resignations over second referendum vote – as it happened

Junior ministers leave after voting against amendment when they had been ordered to abstainHow would an extension to article 50 work?How did each MP vote in this week’s Brexit motions? 11.28pm GMT We’re closing this live blog down now. Thanks for reading and commenting. Here’s a summary of the day’s events: Related: MPs back Brexit delay as votes lay bare cabinet divisions 11.08pm GMT The decision to suspend Steel was taken by the party in Scotland, Vince Cable has told the BBC’s News...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Bbc, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Philip Hammond, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk


Brexit: More Labour resignations over second referendum vote – Politics live

Junior ministers leave after voting against amendment when they had been ordered to abstainHow would an extension to article 50 work?How did each MP vote in this week’s Brexit motions? 10.11pm GMT Lewell-Buck was the shadow minister for children and families, Madders was a shadow health minister and Fovargue was a shadow education minister.Sad to hear the news that @EmmaLewellBuck has resigned from our Shadow Education team. Emma was a superb Shadow Minister for Children&Families and worked ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Philip Hammond, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Tusk


Brexit: Cable to step down as Lib Dem leader to make way for next generation – Politics live

Majority of 211 for government motion means Theresa May will now seek extension from EU for departure dateHow would an extension to article 50 work?How did each MP vote in this week’s Brexit motions? 9.23pm GMT Cable’s departure in May as leader will trigger a 12-week contest. He has said:I wanted to set it out so that there’s an orderly process of succession and the next generation can come through rather than chaotic power struggles you’re seeing inside the Tory party and Labour party so I...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Philip Hammond, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk


Brexit: MPs vote by 413 to 202 to extend article 50 until 30 June – Politics live

Majority of 211 for government motion means Theresa May will now seek extension from EU for departure dateHow would an extension to article 50 work?How did each MP vote in this week’s Brexit motions? 7.57pm GMT The health secretary, Matt Hancock, who voted for the delay, has nevertheless told Channel 4 News it would be a “disaster” to have a long extension if the EU insisted on a Brexit delay of around two years.I think people want to get on with this. There are now two options on the table:...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Philip Hammond, Article 50, Channel 4 News, Brexit


Brexit: MPs vote by 412 to 202 to extend article 50 until 30 June – Politics live

Majority of 210 for government motion means Theresa May will now seek extension from EU for departure dateHow would an extension to article 50 work?How did each MP vote in this week’s Brexit motions? 7.12pm GMT Liz Truss, the chief secretary to the Treasury, has confirmed that she voted against the government motion. That does not count as a rebellion, because it was a free vote, but one can assume that Theresa May did not find it helpful.I voted against a delay to Brexit. As a delay was pas...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Treasury, Philip Hammond, Parliament, Article 50


MPs vote against second Brexit referendum by majority of 249 – Politics live

Amendment put by former Tory MP Sarah Wollaston calling for fresh public vote is defeated by 334 votes to 85Which amendments have been chosen for the article 50 vote?MPs to vote on second referendum amendment for first time 5.17pm GMT MPs have crushed the second referendum amendment, by 334 votes to 85 - a majority of 249. 5.14pm GMT The Labour MP Wes Streeting and many of his colleagues in favour of a second referendum have written an open letter explaining why they are abstaining.Alon...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Philip Hammond, Parliament, Tory, Article 50, Sarah Wollaston


Brexit: Labour defends decision not to back second referendum amendment tonight – Politics live

Parliament will debate and vote on yet another government motion today, this time to seek an extension to article 50 Which amendments have been chosen for the article 50 vote?MPs to vote on second referendum amendment for first time 3.16pm GMT The DUP leader, Arlene Foster, has signalled her party is ready to do a deal to end the Brexit impasse, saying that the prime minister must prove only that the constitutional integrity of the UK would be preserved, my colleague Jessica Elgot reports. ...
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Brexit: Bercow allows vote on second referendum as MPs debate extending article 50 – Politics live

Parliament will debate and vote on yet another government motion today, this time to seek an extension to article 50 Which amendments have been chosen for the article 50 vote?MPs to vote on second referendum amendment for first time 1.12pm GMT The Brexit department has published a short, two-page note setting out the thinking behind the government’s motion today. It is 1.08pm GMT Lidington says, if the UK wants to delay Brexit beyond the European elections (which take place at the end ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Bercow, Croatia, Philip Hammond, Parliament


Brexit: No 10 to give Tory MPs free vote on extending article 50 – Politics live

Parliament will debate and vote on yet another government motion today, this time to seek an extension to article 50 Full story: prime minister delivers Brexit ultimatum to MPsHow May’s Brexit deal laid bare Tory divisions‘Chaos reigns’: what the papers say 11.14am GMT In the Commons, during the business statement a few minutes ago, the Tory Brexiter Sir Edward Leigh asked for a debate on the possibility that the UK could use article 62 of the Vienna convention to exit the backstop. (See 9.4...
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Brexit: No 10 to give Tory MPs free vote in today's debate on extending article 50 - Politics live

Parliament will debate and vote on yet another government motion today, this time to seek an extension to article 50 Full story: prime minister delivers Brexit ultimatum to MPsHow May’s Brexit deal laid bare Tory divisions‘Chaos reigns’: what the papers say 9.11am GMT Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, has just posted this on Twitter.During my consultations ahead of #EUCO, I will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its #B...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Philip Hammond, Parliament, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk


Brexit: how would an extension to article 50 work?

Would the EU accept a request, and for how long could the deadline be extended?Brexit day is meant to be 29 March 2019. But now MPs have rejected no deal and the deal on the table, it seems certain the talks will go into extra time. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Donald Tusk


Brexit: Hammond hints PM should back softer exit, saying MPs should 'map out consensus' – Politics live

MPs to have fresh vote on nation’s future after Theresa May’s withdrawal proposal was defeated on TuesdayPhilip Hammond’s spring statement: follow live on our business blogHow did each MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?Civil service stressed and floundering amid Brexit paralysis 2.17pm GMT This is from Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s lead Brexit spokesman, commenting on an Instagram post from Donald Tusk, the European council president.Sometimes it takes a child to put everything in pe...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, David Cameron, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Labour, Michael Gove, Philip Hammond, Article 50, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Hammond


Chance of no-deal Brexit has 'significantly increased', says EU – as it happened

Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeatFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?What happens next? 12.24am GMT We’re going to close down this live blog now, so here’s a summary of the day’s events: Related: MPs ignore May’s pleas and defeat her Brexit deal by 149 votes 12.01am GMT The UK is moving closer to crashing out of the European Union without a deal, the German...
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Chance of no-deal Brexit has 'significantly increased', says EU – Politics live

Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeatFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?What happens next? 10.20pm GMT An interesting line – unconfirmed, of course – from ITV News’ Robert Peston:I am hearing that @theresa_may and most - but not all - cabinet will vote to cancel no deal on 29 March. Interestingly ministers think former Remainer @Jeremy_Hunt will vote in other directi...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Law, Eu, Spain, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland


May secures ‘legally binding changes’ in Strasbourg to Brexit deal – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the build-up to tomorrow’s key Brexit voteA guide to this week’s crucial votesBrexit talks ‘deadlocked’, says Downing Street 10.16pm GMT Starmer is saying he does not believe the evening’s developments would allow the attorney general to change his legal advice.Lidington had said the Cox would be publishing advice ahead of Tuesday’s debate, but needed time to consider the new changes.The attorney general will publ...
Tags: Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Michael Gove, Strasbourg, Article 50, Leo Varadkar, Brexit, John Mcdonnell, Donald Tusk, Cox, Jean Claude Juncker, Starmer, Dominic Raab


Donald Tusk claims anti-European forces meddled in Brexit vote

European council president echoes Emmanuel Macron’s warning of malign influencesDonald Tusk has claimed external powers meddled in the Brexit vote as he called for EU member states to do more to protect the upcoming European elections.Speaking at a press conference in Brussels with the Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, the European council president said he agreed with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who used an editorial in the Guardian and other newspapers to call on European co...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, European Commission, Brussels, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, Donald Tusk, Nikol Pashinyan


Brexit: Labour will back amendment for second referendum, says Corbyn – as it happened

Opposition says it will back or put forward amendment for public vote if its alternative to Theresa May’s Brexit plan is voted down by MPsLabour to back moves for second Brexit referendum – reportUK insurers say no-deal Brexit would be ‘act of economic self-harm’Afternoon summary 9.40pm GMT Here’s a summary of the evening’s events: Related: Jeremy Corbyn: we’ll back a second referendum to stop Tory no-deal Brexit 9.08pm GMT Here’s a little more on those comments from the shadow foreig...
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Brexit: Labour will back amendment for second referendum, says Corbyn – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s press conference at the EU-Arab summit in Sharm El SheikhTheresa May’s press conference - SummaryEU would back extending article 50 if deal not passed soon, says TuskUK insurers say no-deal Brexit would be ‘act of economic self-harmAfternoon summary 5.43pm GMT Cobyn says Labour’s move will be two-pronged. He will first seek to force Theresa May to adopt his party’s approach to Brexit by tabling an am...
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UK faces chaotic Brexit or extension of article 50, says Donald Tusk

European council president has walked through process of delaying Britain’s departureFollow all the latest Brexit developments hereTheresa May will not get her Brexit deal through the Commons, Donald Tusk has warned, leaving the UK with the option of “a chaotic Brexit” or an extension of its membership of the EU beyond 29 March.The European council president, to quell “speculation”, disclosed that, during private talks with the prime minister at a summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, he had walked through...
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