Theresa May Hints at Brexit Compromise with Labour

Clay Curtis
April 13, 2019

British sources said May had been aware in advance of a need to convince the European Union that she had a new strategy for securing the parliamentary majority she needs to ratify an exit treaty she negotiated with Brussels, which British lawmakers have rejected. The latest plan, in an agreement finalized this week at a summit in Brussels, is for the U.K.to depart the bloc by October 31.

The note from the General Secretariat of the European Council to the British delegation detailing the extension stipulates that negotiations will not be reopened.

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The United Kingdom was supposed to leave the European Union by March 29, but UK Prime Minister Theresa May agreed Thursday to yet another delay, this time until October 31.

"The prime minister stuck rigidly to a flawed plan and now the clock has run down, leaving Britain in limbo", Mr Corbyn said. This morning, multiple MPs called for May's resignation.

"This is not the normal way of British politics - and it is uncomfortable for many in both the Government and opposition parties", she said.

Tusk said that during the extension Britain "will continue its honest cooperation as a full member state, with all its rights, and as a close friend and trusted ally in the future". The former U.K. Independence Party leader said delays to Brexit were "a willful betrayal of the greatest democratic exercise in the history of this nation".

However, many Labour MPs and members are calling for leader Jeremy Corbyn to ask for a second referendum as one of the party's demands.

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Seventeen other EU Member States, led by Germany, argued for a long extension, until December 31, like Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the Commission, and Donald Tusk, that of the Council.

"But it became clear pretty early on ... that our Remainer parliament, our Remainer cabinet and indeed our Remainer prime minister were going to do their utmost to delay, dilute and in many occasions to actually stop and overturn Brexit".

Following her Commons statement, Mrs May and Mr Corbyn held a "short meeting" at Westminster when they agreed to continue the talks process, Labour said.

"We need to resolve this".

May stressed that Britain can still leave the EU without taking part in the European Parliament elections if lawmakers approve her deal by May 22.

Labour, which seeks to retain close economic ties with the European Union after Brexit, accuses the government of failing to offer concrete changes to its Brexit blueprint.

But he warned: "If these talks are to be a success, resulting in an agreement that can bring our country back together, the government will have to compromise". French officials, pointing to threats by some of May's pro-Brexit potential successors, spoke of the European Union facing "blackmail" by a future British government blocking decisions in Brussels.

The delay allowed traders to breathe a sigh of relief but observers noted the reprieve was only brief with the agreement merely kicking the can down the road.

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