United Kingdom passes law forcing May to consult on EU

United Kingdom passes law forcing May to consult on EU

United Kingdom passes law forcing May to consult on EU

"We are in a very, very frustrating situation here", said Germany's minister for European affairs Michael Roth, as he and fellow EU officials arrived for Luxembourg talks on the eve of the summit.

The two leaders sat down for a working lunch, during which May "outlined the steps the government is taking to bring the Brexit process to a successful conclusion", according to a Downing Street spokesperson.

The requirement comes after senior British Brexiteers threatened to be as "difficult as possible" towards Europe if Britain was forced to stay inside the Union against its own will. Suggestions by Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nigel Farage included vetoing the EU budget, obstructing the EU army, and causing trouble in the European Parliament.

Theresa May is heading for top-level Brexit talks in Berlin and Paris as she seeks support for another extension.

Ahead of Mrs May's meetings with her French and German counterparts, details of the EU's potential demands for another extension to the Article 50 period began to emerge in reports.

The Government earlier tabled an order enabling the elections to be held in Britain if the country has not left the European Union by the time they are due to take place on May 23.

Meanwhile, the latest round of talks between Labour and the Conservatives aimed at breaking the impasse in Parliament have finished for the day with both sides expressing hope there would be progress.

"What I think would be fantastic is if Angela Merkel will try to support a proper UK Brexit by agreeing to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement", said Andrea Leadsom, the government's business manager in the lower house of parliament, the Commons.

The UK Prime Minister will hold face-to-face meetings with the German and French leaders today in advance of an emergency Brexit summit tomorrow.

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"Our experience so far, as well as the deep divisions within the House of Commons, give us little reason to believe that the ratification process can be completed by the end of June", he said.

In recent days, Mrs May has been holding cross-party talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in a desperate attempt to get her Brexit deal through Parliament.

European Council President Donald Tusk has offered up the possibility of a long-term delay, a one-year "flextension".

European Union leaders could make a counter-offer of a "flextension" - a delay of around a year but with the option of an earlier departure.

"Decisiveness and unanimity is essential at the European Council summit of government leaders", stressed Seibert.

Should the longer delay be offered by the EU and should the United Kingdom accept that delay the nation will have to hold European Parliamentary elections, heaping another humiliation on May.

Lawmakers voted by 420 to 110 in favor of the government's motion.

If a cross-party deal can not be reached, MPs are expected to vote on a series of Brexit options proposed by the government in the near future.

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