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Europe offers UK a little more time for Brexit

  • Europe offers UK a little more time for Brexit
    After a meeting that stretched through the afternoon and over dinner, the bloc said Britain could postpone its March 29 departure to May 22 — if the UK Parliament approves Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the bloc next week. Europe offers UK a little more time for Brexit

Theresa May gets two-week Brexit reprieve from EU.
British PM asked to seek parliament approval for the third time on her divorce deal after the EU delayed the deadline.

European Union leaders have agreed to postpone Brexit beyond March 29 deadline and asked British Prime Minister Theresa May to get an approval of the UK parliament on her divorce deal with the bloc.

May said at a news conference overnight on Friday that Brussels approved pushing the deadline to May 22 if British MPs next week back a withdrawal agreement that they rejected twice before.

If the accord is rejected, Britain will have until April 12 to offer a new plan or choose to quit without a treaty.

After a meeting that stretched through the afternoon and over dinner, the bloc said Britain could postpone its March 29 departure to May 22 — if the UK Parliament approves Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the bloc next week.

If the twice-rejected deal is thrown out again, the bloc says Britain has until April 12 to "indicate a way forward".

"Now it is finally up to the British political system to provide a clear answer," French President Emmanuel Macron said, adding that any final decision must come ahead of the May 23-26 European Parliament election.