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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


Two Russia-backed hacker groups target Europe ahead of elections, FireEye reports

Security services firm FireEye says two hacker groups known to be sponsored by the Russian government of Vladimir Putin are waging cyber-attacks currently against European government systems. FireEye says these internet-based digital attacks are focused on the member states of NATO, the European security alliance that both Putin and Trump disparage. The two hacking groups are believed to be coordinating their efforts, but they're using different tools, FireEye reports, adding it noticed a “s...
Tags: Europe, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Nbc News, Tech, Eu, Nato, Hackers, Fireeye, Gru, Trump


At last May manages to unite the Commons and the country | John Crace

After triumphantly turning everyone against her with a televised speech, the PM comes back to Earth in BrusselsFor any other person, the EU council meeting would have been shit or bust. But given that Theresa May has long since treated the last-chance saloon as a drop-in centre for the soon-to-be homeless, we are now well beyond that. The Leader in Name Only has taken herself to the realms of shit and bust. A space-time continuum where she has failed upwards and upwards to the point where there ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Cbi, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Earth, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Bob Geldof, Jean-claude Juncker, TUC, Brexit, John Crace, Lino


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


Brexit is a mess, but UK startups may find refuge in Estonia’s e-Residency

I’m not going to try to explain Brexit or where it’s headed, because it’ll be outdated before the day is out. It’s a mess no matter what your stance is, and it’s shrouded in uncertainty. What is clear is that everyone needs to prepare for the worst case scenario. The UK government has tried to come up with solutions to make the breakup easier on the country’s startups, but it hasn’t addressed the biggest issue: losing access to the EU single market. Luckily, Estonia offers a way for the UK to ma...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, Estonia


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: May's appeal to nation backfires as MPs accuse her of stoking hate - 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 9.12am GMT Theresa May travels to Brussels today to formally request an extension to article 50, that would delay Brexit behind Friday next week, when the UK was supposed to leave the EU. British prime ministers have often had difficult encounters with their EU counterparts over the years, bu...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, House Of Commons, Brussels, Parliament, Brexit, Steve Bannon, Donald Trump History, Pitting Parliament


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


Donald Trump Jr and John Bolton berate UK leaders over Brexit

President’s son and US national security adviser in apparent coordinated interventionDonald Trump Jr and the US national security adviser, John Bolton, spoke out over Brexit on Tuesday in what appeared to be a coordinated intervention by the White House into British domestic politics.Both the US president’s son and Bolton attacked British political leadership after Theresa May said she would ask the EU for a delay to the UK’s exit from the European Union; in line with parliament’s wish. Continue...
Tags: Politics, UK, White House, US, Eu, European Union, UK News, US news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Bolton, Donald Trump, Brexit, John Bolton, Donald Trump Jr, Trump Jr


No-deal Brexit: UK to pay some health costs of retired Britons in EU

Costs for 180,000 pensioners in EU countries will be paid for 12 months, minister saysThe government has thrown a potential £500m Brexit lifeline to 180,000 British pensioners in EU countries outside the UK who rely on the NHS to pay for their healthcare.Health minister Stephen Hammond has said the government is committed to covering all treatments that began before exit day for up to 12 months afterwards in the event of no deal. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, NHS, Older people, Brexit, Stephen Hammond


Brexit: UK to pay health costs of retired Britons in EU if no deal agreed

Costs for 180,000 pensioners in EU countries will be paid for 12 months, minister saysThe government has thrown a potential £500m Brexit lifeline to 180,000 British pensioners in EU countries outside the UK who rely on the NHS to pay for their healthcare.Health minister Stephen Hammond has said the government is committed to covering their healthcare for 12 months after exit day in the event of no deal. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, NHS, Older people, Brexit, Stephen Hammond


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



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