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One more time: Brexit pushed back by two weeks

Neil Hodge | March 22, 2019

European leaders have unanimously decided to push the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union back by two weeks to try to give its embattled Prime Minister Theresa May yet another attempt to get Members of Parliament (MPs) to back the EU Brexit deal.

If in a vote next week MPs back the current Withdrawal Agreement—which has already been roundly rejected twice and remains unchanged—the United Kingdom will then have until 22 May to pass all the necessary legislation before an “orderly” Brexit takes place.

If, however, MPs reject May’s proposed deal for a third time next week, the United Kingdom will need to “indicate a way forward” by 12 April as to how both sides can negotiate an exit.

This could mean that the United Kingdom crashes out of the European Union without a deal, or it could mean that EU leaders once again are forced round a table in Brussels to agree to a different scenario, possibly a much longer extension or even cancelling Brexit altogether...

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