European Union official floats 2-stage delay to Brexit

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street in London Britain

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street in London Britain

Barely two weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, Britain has yet to agree a plan on how to leave and parliament was voting Thursday on whether to ask Brussels for a delay to the departure date.

Thursday's vote does not mean a delay is guaranteed; European Union consent is needed, and the default date for Britain to leave if there is no agreement is still March 29.

Remarkably, May - after two massive, historic defeats on the defining legislation of her government - has a glimmer of hope of victory next week.

It has been a bruising week for the Prime Minister, with her Cabinet in open revolt as the focus on her leadership intensified.

To be sure, May's premiership is still hanging by a thread.

What happens now? May will seek another parliamentary vote next week. May had to rely on Labour and other opposition votes to get it through MPs earlier rejected an attempt to secure another Brexit referendum by 334 to 85.

Over the past week, a series of Brexit votes have taken place in the Commons. "It is beginning to look like it doesn't want to leave and the message from this march is if you think you can walk all over us we will march straight back to you".

But some Labour frontbenchers resigned to defy party orders to abstain on a vote on holding another referendum. The government is in last-minute talks to win over key allies, and there were signs Friday of progress.

He said Labour's "credible" plans would form the starting point for discussions, but he was keen to find "common ground" with supporters of other plans. "There could be no more potent symbol of Parliament's collective political failure".

But the number of Tories publicly switching positions, so far, is nowhere near the 149 votes she lost by on Tuesday.

The Northern Irish party that props up British Prime Minister Theresa May's minority government is demanding a seat at post-Brexit trade talks as its price for supporting her twice-defeated divorce deal, The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.

"There seems to be two emerging possibilities, one would be the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement by Westminster followed by a short extension into the summer which would allow them time to pass the necessary legislation or potentially a much longer extension of up to two years and the objective of that would be to allow other options to be considered, for example participation in Customs Union".

The EU will terminate Britain's membership of the bloc on 1 July if the country does not take part in the European elections scheduled for 23-26 May, according to a document seen by the Financial Times.

Both were not considered actual changes and even Attorney General Geoffrey Cox was not able to say they eliminated the risk of United Kingdom being stuck in a permanent Customs Union, with the final arbitration remaining in the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which isn't exactly United Kingdom regaining sovereignty. The ERG and the DUP know that if May's deal is not passed by MV3, she could be forced to resign while the miracle cure for Brexit would still be available.

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