UK House of Commons approves Brexit delay law

Theresa May Asks for Brexit Deadline Extension Until June 30

May demands 30 June Brexit extension, again

The Europeans would prefer that Britain not take part in the European Parliament elections if it is going to leave.

The UK is now scheduled to leave the European Union on April 12, with British legislators' failure to agree on any scheme for exiting the 28-member bloc raising the possibility of a so-called "no-deal" departure - something May and her European Union counterparts are keen to avoid.

British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on Friday asking for a delay of Brexit until up to June 30, but said she aims to get Britain out of the EU earlier to avoid it participating in European elections.

Tusk, according to a senior European Union source, had earlier proposed to offer Britain a year long extension to its departure. A source in the president's office said it would be premature to discuss an additional delay to Britain's exit without evidence to justify an extension.

French President Emmanuel Macron, however, said midday Friday that it was "premature" for the United Kingdom to request a Brexit extension from the EU.

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She said she is making these preparations even though she believes it is not in Britain's interest or the EU's interest for Britain to take part in the elections because it is a departing member state. Following a referendum held on 23 June 2016.

The Labour Party says May has not offered "real change" to her Brexit deal that Parliament has rejected three times - by chunky margins on each occasion.

There are also concerns in Europe that some British politicians who want to provoke a "no-deal" Brexit might try to make trouble from inside the bloc, a course that outspoken Brexit advocate Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested Friday.

The bill would force Theresa May to consult with MPs over how long the Article 50 extension should be.

As things stand, the House of Lords and European Union member states will need to agree to the latest extension request.

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Meanwhile, 17 percent admitted that they would not vote in them anyway.

The Brexit Party was founded in January by Catherine Blaiklock, reportedly with Mr Farage's full support.

May's apparent determination to avoid a "no deal" scenario has prompted a furious reaction from many in her Conservative party, as has her decision earlier this week to open cross-party talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in a bid to strike a compromise.

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.

Responding to Labour's statement, Nicola Sturgeon said that, in her own talks with the Prime Minister on Wednesday, Mrs May "refused to indicate any compromise she might make".

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In her update, May adds that if ongoing cross-party talks with the Labour Party could not establish "a single unified approach" in the UK Parliament - MPs would be asked to vote on a series of options instead which the government "stands ready to abide by".

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