May blames Commons for growing Brexit crisis | Ireland

21 March, 2019, 11:55 | Author: Carlos George
  • Prime minister Theresa May

"It is now time for MPs to decide", she said chiding lawmakers for failing to reach an accord and only being willing to list "what they do not want".

However, the European Commission advised EU leaders that it would be preferable to either have a shorter delay to May 23 - when voting begins in European Parliament elections - or a much longer one, until at least the end of 2019. 'If there is such a need, I will not hesitate to invite the members of the European Council to Brussels next week, ' he said.

"As prime minister I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than the 30th of June", May told a rowdy session of parliament.

Viraj Patel, an analyst at financial advisory firm Arkera, said the best hope for sterling "is that May's deal gets over the line" as it would lower uncertainty.

European Union leaders will discuss the request during a summit in Brussels that starts on Thursday and many have expressed exasperation at Ms.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

She acknowledged that voters were "tired of the infighting, the arcane procedural rows. exhausted of MPs talking about nothing but Brexit".

If an extension is not granted, Britain will leave the bloc on March 29. "But I think even God has a limit to his patience".

Only a week ago, Mrs May's deputy David Lidington warned that a short delay would be "downright reckless".

But Leave-backing ministers are understood to have piled on pressure at Tuesday's Cabinet meeting to keep any delay short.

Mrs May formally made the request for an extension to the end of June in a letter to Mr Tusk on Wednesday.

But Lib Dem leader Vince Cable said Mr Corbyn's refusal to attend on the grounds that Mr Umunna was not a proper party leader was a "strange way" to behave amid the Brexit deadlock. "But it would be conditional on a positive vote on the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons".

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Hinds said the process has already gone on for more than two years, "and I think people are a bit exhausted of waiting for Parliament to get our act together and get the deal passed".

Under an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Act secured a year ago by Remain-backing MP Dominic Grieve, the Government must table an amendable motion in response to its second "meaningful vote" defeat last week.

"If that vote is passed, the extension will give the House time to consider the withdrawal agreement bill". If not, the House will have to decide how to proceed.

Britain believes it won't have to participate if its scheduled exit date is pushed to June 30, because the newly elected European Parliament is not due to convene until July.

So far, Parliament has done everything possible to avoid making a choice.

May has spent two and a half years trying to lead Britain out of the EU.

Almost three years have passed since the public voted to leave the European Union.

A spokesman for May said the decision by MPs to twice reject the PM's deal meant the "situation has come to pass" that there was now a "crisis". If Brussels has delivered an extension but Mrs May's deal has been rejected by MPs, there will be furious debate in Westminster on the way forward.

Conservative MP and Remain supporter Dominic Grieve said her "attack on the integrity of MPs is very unfortunate".

But the length of a short extension to Article 50 could be even shorter than expected, with the European Union continuing to insist that 23 May is the only plausible short deadline. "If you don't, you will be honouring their instruction", he said in the House.



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