May wants United Kingdom out of European Union at 'earliest opportunity', says minister

Irving Hamilton
April 10, 2019

France is expected to demand the removal of the post of British European commissioner as a price for a long Brexit delay, leaving Britain without a seat at the top table of Brussels decision-making for the first time since 1973.

But he said the key thing was for Britain to have the option to leave the European Union as soon as a Brexit divorce deal was approved by parliament.

On Wednesday, Theresa May will attend a summit where European Union leaders will consider extension proposals.

According to draft European Council conclusions seen by Express.co.uk, the EU will only grant an extension with a "commitment by the United Kingdom to act in a constructive and responsible manner throughout this unique period in accordance with the duty of honest cooperation".

Senior diplomats have suggested that France would also be more comfortable with any extension being limited to the end of the year due to concerns in Paris over Britain becoming a hard member state.

He said there was "little reason to believe" a Brexit deal would be approved by the extension deadline that UK Prime Minister Theresa May has requested - 30 June, the BBC reported.

If they don't grant an extension, Britain leaves the bloc on Friday with no deal regulating the departure.

The suggestions last night were that the EU27 is open to granting the extension, but only if she is able to persuade them that she has a credible, workable plan to finally get the Withdrawal Agreement supported by Parliament.

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The two sides have agreed to hold further talks on Thursday in an effort to break the Brexit deadlock, and find a compromise that can win support in Parliament and bring the country together, said the spokesperson.

However the prospect of an extended delay has infuriated many Conservative MPs, already angry that the United Kingdom has missed its original departure date of March 29.

The Prime Minister met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin this afternoon for a working lunch.

May's charm offensive appeared to bear fruit with an official in Macron's office saying that France was ready to accept a new delay.

Although no consensus has yet been reached between the ruling Conservatives and their rivals, the Labour Party, both said later there was hope of progress being made.

"But what there is a common desire across the Conservative Party for is to get on with this, to actually get our exit through, and I think that is what most of the people listening to the programme up and down the country want to see".

On talks with the opposition Labour Party, he said a permanent customs union was not a good way forward. Labour favors a softer Brexit than the government has proposed, and wants to retain a close economic relationship with the bloc.

The UK would be expected to refrain from using its veto on the MFF but senior diplomats said there would be a way around the problem if the British government went "rogue".

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