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Theresa May and EU Agree to Postpone Brexit Until 31 October

LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK would continue to seek to leave the EU as soon as possible after its agreement with the EU on a “flexible extension” of the Brexit until 31 October, The Week reported Thursday.
Speaking after more than five hours of talks in Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk said his “message to British friends” was “Please, do not waste the time”.
European leaders said the agreement meant that the UK now had to hold European elections in May or leave on June 1 without agreement.
The new agreement offers “a new agreement without autumn to focus minds in Westminster,” says The Guardian, although the new deadline for “Halloween Brexit” takes on the meaning of comedy, notes the Daily Telegraph.
BBC Europe Editor Katya Adler said “fudge and hoax” are “words that come to my mind at the end of this Brexit summit”. Beth Rigby, associate political editor of Sky News, was more severe, suggesting that the agreement is nail in Theresa May’s coffin.
Before the agreement, which had been announced early in the morning in Brussels, the prime minister had told the leaders that he wanted the UK’s exit date to be postponed from Friday to June 30, with the possibility to leave earlier Instead, he was offered a longer report.
After the interviews, she said, “I know that many people have been extremely frustrated with having to ask for this extension.”
“The UK should have already left the EU and I sincerely regret that I have not yet managed to convince Parliament to approve an agreement.”
She insisted that the UK could still avoid having elections in the European Parliament on May 23 if its withdrawal agreement was approved by MEPs by then.
I do not think that the next few weeks can be easy or that there is a simple way out of the impasse in the parliament; she said, adding that she wanted to find a way to implement the democratic decision of the parliament referendum, and move our country forward.
In the meantime, European leaders have hinted that this would be the last extension on which they would agree. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: “On October 31, the British will have either agreed to an agreement, or decided to cancel the Brexit, or left without agreement.”
Sky News added that EU leaders had considered May’s request for a warm salad dinner of scallops, cod loins with brown shrimps and mini arancini mushrooms, followed by a perfect nut glaze of macadamia.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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