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Brextension, but only if deal approved

Paul Hodgson | March 21, 2019

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter on 20 March to European Council (EC) President Donald Tusk to ask for an extension to Brexit. His reply, released via a statement, was: yes, you can have a short extension, but only if the House of Commons approves the negotiated deal. In his statement, Tusk said: “If the leaders approve my recommendations, and if there is a positive vote in the House of Commons next week, we can finalise and formalise the decision on the extension in a written procedure.”

But May's negotiated deal has already been overwhelmingly rejected twice, most recently on 12 March. This last rejection was followed shortly by a favourable vote to stop the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union without a deal; after that, there was another favourable vote for an extension to the Article 50 period—this last vote leading to May’s letter. The deal’s potential success on a third vote would seem unlikely. Perhaps even more devastating: The Speaker of the...

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