Brexit Delay Gives Britain Respite, Enrages May's Critics

European Council President Donald Tusk left speaks with British Prime Minister Theresa May center German Chancellor Angela Merkel right and Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel second left prior to a dinner during an EU summit in Brussel

Brexit Delay Gives Britain Respite, Enrages May's Critics

The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door negotiations.

"Do we accept the deal negotiated by the prime minister and/or the most popular option MPs voted for or the option for the British public to stay in the European Union as imperfect as she is?" May came to the summit in Brussels seeking a delay to June 30. The British Parliament has repeatedly rejected a withdrawal deal negotiated with the European Union, leading to today's deadlock over Britain's long-awaited departure.

But there was little sign the U.K.'s divided and exhausted lawmakers had heeded the EU's plea not to waste the six months of extra time granted to Britain at an emergency summit in Brussels.

If the Brexit process was Britain's first opportunity to flout its prowess as a rational, independent trading nation, capable of holding its own on the global stage, it is a chance that has so far been missed by miles and the sense of frustration among European Union leaders has been palpable.

Sir Bill said: "Does the Prime Minister appreciate the anger that her abject surrender last night has generated across the country having broken promises a hundred times not to extend the time?"

The further delay comes after an initial extension pushed Brexit back from March 29 to April 12.

The new, October 31 cutoff date averts a precipitous and potentially calamitous Brexit that had been scheduled for today.

"We will be looking to take support from across the board and if we do that and if we succeed then I think Parliament will start to fear the electorate and gosh they need to, given this level of betrayal".

"I know which one I'd rather have representing us now".

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.

Most of the other 27 members of the European Council either lead coalition governments or must deal with other power-sharing arrangements, while cooperation of any sort between Labour and May's Conservatives in peacetime is vanishingly rare - although May was part of a Conservative coalition with the smaller Liberal party in 2010-15.

THE sister of Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg is to stand as a candidate for Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party in the forthcoming European elections.

British businesses expressed relief at the Brexit delay.

"UKIP would introduce the separation of prisoners or prisons exclusively for Islamic prisoners who promote extremism or try to convert non-Islamic prisoners", the manifesto said.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a tweet after the extension was granted that the British people should be allowed to "decide if they still want to leave".

Tusk said Thursday morning that UK Prime Minister Theresa May had accepted the offer.

"We're giving them a very long time to take a decision", he said.

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