Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

UK's May concedes Brexit deal won't pass 'in

UK's May concedes Brexit deal won't pass 'in

Prime Minister Theresa May has requested from the European Union a further extension of the Brexit deadline to June 30 because Parliament can not agree on how Britain should leave.

'The Prime Minister's proposal is an excellent proposal and it has a customs arrangement within it to ensure completely tariff-free and non-tariff-barrier free customs arrangements for agri-food and industrialized that is a type of customs arrangements.

'We had a People's Vote, in 2016, and we have to do what we were told to do'.

Hammond said he expected more exchanges of documents on Saturday between the government and Labour in a bid to reach a deal.

Britain's decision to hold a referendum on leaving the European Union three years ago has ended up in political chaos that few could have predicted then.

"A no-deal outcome is bad for the UK".

Asked about whether she was happy that the Prime Minister was working with Jeremy Corbyn to deliver Brexit, Ms Leadom delivered a sharp reply.

Prime Minister Theresa May has asked European Union leaders to postpone Britain's exit from the bloc next Friday until June 30 but the European Union insists she must first show a viable plan to secure agreement on her thrice-rejected divorce deal in the British parliament.

"So, what the Prime Minister has to do is to deliver on Brexit...that is what she is trying to do and that is what I am trying to support her to do".

She said: 'It is appalling to consider another referendum.

Cross-party Brexit talks between the Tories and Labour have reportedly broken down due to a lack of willingness to compromise from the government.

"We want the talks to continue and we've written in those terms to the government, but we do need change if we're going to compromise", the shadow Brexit secretary added.

After the UK Parliament has failed to do either over successive votes in the past months, "clear and substantial developments will be needed to convince us that another extension should be granted", Austrian Finance Minister Hartwig Loeger said in Bucharest on Saturday.

Economists and business leaders have warned a no-deal Brexit would severely disrupt trade and travel, with tariffs and customs checks causing gridlocked British ports and possible shortages of some foods, medicines and other products.

"This is an ongoing process, and I'm optimistic we will reach some form of agreement with Labour."

Once again Theresa May finds herself walking the Brexit tightrope as she requests another extension to Article 50, but succeeds only in upsetting everyone and satisfying no-one.

According to EU Council President Donald Tusk, the Tory leader calculated that the next election would likely result in another power-sharing deal with the pro-EU Liberal Democrats, and he could dodge the pledge.

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