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EU gives Britain six-month delay to Brexit date

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May is under intense pressure from hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party not to compromise in her talks with the opposition Labour Party. Internet photo

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European leaders agreed with Britain on Thursday to delay Brexit by up to six months, saving the continent from what could have been a chaotic no-deal departure at the end of the week.
The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that, if London remains in the EU after May 22, British voters will have to take part in European elections -- or crash out on June 1. Prime Minister Theresa May said she would now keep working to get her withdrawal agreement approved by parliament  EU gives Britain
to ensure an orderly split, saying her goal was to leave "as soon as possible". The other 27 EU leaders met without May over dinner to thrash out what European Council president Donald Tusk called "a flexible extension until 31 October".
May later returned to agree the new deadline, which British newspapers were quick to note falls on Halloween.
She will address the House of Commons on Thursday before her officials meet for further talks with the main opposition Labour party to try to find a way through the political deadlock. Without a postponement, Britain would have ended its 46-year membership of the EU at midnight (2200 GMT) on Friday with no deal, risking economic chaos on both sides of the Channel.  Tusk had proposed a year-long delay, but said: "It's still enough to find the best possible solution. Please do not waste this time." He suggested May's government now had time to ratify the deal agreed with EU leaders in November, to rethink its approach or to stop the entire Brexit process. The summit conclusions say Britain must hold European elections set for May 23 or if "the United Kingdom fails to live up to this obligation, the withdrawal will take place on 1 June 2019".
Britain has already started planning for the polls, but May told reporters that she hoped she could still get her deal agreed by May 22 and avoid taking part.
"The EU have agreed that the extension can be terminated when the Withdrawal Agreement has been ratified," she said.
The summit was more tense than expected, with France's President Emmanuel Macron the strongest voice opposing a long extension as the talks stretched from early evening to early Thursday morning.
With backing from Belgium, Austria and some smaller EU states, he pushed to limit the delay to only few weeks and demanded guarantees that London would not interfere in EU business during that time.
But most leaders backed the longer plan, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the French had to settle a review of the delay at a pre-planned EU summit on June 20 and 21.
Macron said afterwards this was the "best possible compromise", which "made it possible to preserve the unity" of the other 27 EU states. "The October 31 deadline protects us" because it is "a key date, before the installation of a new European Commission", he said. May left the group after giving what one official said was a "solid" presentation of her case, but was kept up to date by Tusk, who met her before, during and after the discussions.
The pound briefly edged up against the dollar and euro after the extension was announced, but gains were limited and sterling later slid back. US President Donald Trump responded to the postponement by saying the EU was being hard on Britain.
"Too bad that the European Union is being so tough on the United Kingdom and Brexit," he tweeted.
May is under intense pressure from hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative party not to compromise in her talks with the opposition Labour party.
Addressing MPs back home, who have rejected her withdrawal text three times, she said after the summit: "The choices we now face are stark and the timetable is clear. "So we must now press on at pace with our efforts to reach a consensus on a deal that is in the national interest." May had originally asked for a delay until June 30, but EU leaders have already agreed one delay from March 29 to April 12, and Tusk had warned there is "little reason to believe" that MPs would ratify the Brexit deal within three months. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants Britain to commit to remaining within the EU customs union, an idea that May has previous rejected -- but which many in Europe would be keen to accommodate.  "We would be generous in negotiating that, understanding that the UK couldn't be a silent partner in such an arrangement -- it would have to have a say in decisions being made," Irish premier Leo Varadkar said.

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