Friday, August 19, 2022

British PM accepts Brexit shift until October 31


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

After a further extension of the deadline, the UK will have until 31 October to stage a regulated Brexit. British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to EU bid for a postponement of Brexit until that date. Donald Tusk tweeted.  “That means six more months for the UK to find the best possible solution,” he added. The British are expected to take part in the European elections at the end of May.

Previously, the remaining EU states had agreed in several-hour discussions on 31 October as the latest Brexit date. France, in particular, had resisted such a long delay. Should the parliament in London agree with the exit deal already negotiated with the British government, Britain could leave the EU earlier.

May announced Thursday a statement in parliament. Britain must leave the EU with an agreement as soon as possible, she said. She did not want to pretend that the coming weeks would be easy.

Tusk called Britain to hurry up. “Please do not waste time,” he said. The extension was as flexible as he expected, albeit a little shorter. The time should be enough to reach the best solution. Chancellor Angela Merkel was also satisfied with the agreement. For this one fought. For despite the many difficulties, the Europeans have shown that even in such a difficult situation, they come to an orderly procedure, she says after the end of the special summit. Prime Minister May pledged Britain’s constructive role after the European election.

Originally, the Brexit was already planned for March 29th. However, the EU had extended the deadline to this Friday. Without further delay it would probably have come Friday to a chaos Brexit with dramatic consequences for the economy and many areas of life.

According to the draft EU summit declaration, the extension is subject to clear conditions. So the British have to participate in the European elections in May. This is to ensure that there are no legal difficulties if Britain should still be a member of the EU in the summer but has not elected any MPs.

Another condition for the Brexit shift is that the British government is committed to stop intervening or blocking EU decisions. This could be important, for example, in the appointment of the next EU Commission chief or in the negotiations on the EU financial framework for the years 2021 to the end of 2027.

May had previously campaigned for a postponement until June 30. However, EU Council President Tusk had warned that a brief delay would increase the risk of new special summits and deadlines. This could overshadow and paralyze the rest of the EU’s work in the coming months.

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