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UK Prime Minister Theresa May has clashed with Jeremy Corbyn during Prime Minister’s Questions after she asked the European Union for a three-month Brexit delay.
The request comes exactly 1000 days after the referendum (on the 23rd June 2016), which delivered a 52 percent to 48 percent majority for leaving the European Union.
The two leaders are squaring-off in the House of Commons just hours before Mrs May travels to the latest European Council meeting in Brussels for yet more crunch Brexit talks. In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk earlier today, the Prime Minister is believed to have asked for a three-month extension to June 30 in the hope of securing approval from MPs for her withdrawal agreement. A Downing Street source said: “PM won’t be asking for a long extension.
“There is a case for giving Parliament a bit more time to agree a way forward, but the people of this country have been waiting nearly three years now.
“They are fed up with Parliament’s failure to take a decision and the PM shares their frustration.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May May has today hinted she will quit as Prime Minister if MPs don’t back her Brexit deal next week.
She confirmed she will bring her defeated agreement back for a third vote next week as she begged the EU for a three-month delay to Brexit.
In a sign that the PM is confident she can get her deal pushed through this time, she said she’s not prepared to put off our EU exit beyond June 30 – and she could go if she’s made to by Parliament or the EU.
And in a fiery rallying cry she blasted Brexiteers and Remainers for blocking her Brexit deal for weeks on end.
She told the House of Commons this lunchtime: “The outcome of a long extension would be endless hours and days of this house carrying on contemplating its navel on Europe.
“This house has indulged itself on Europe for too long. It’s time for this house to determine it will deliver on Brexit for the British people.
“That’s what they deserve. They deserve better than what this House has given them so far.”
Mrs May continued, “As Prime Minister I am not prepared to delay Brexit beyond June 30” – in a huge hint she could resign if she had to extend beyond that.
Instead she suggested Britain will crash out of the EU without a deal if one isn’t approved by then.
The PM wrote in a letter to EU boss Donald Tusk today that Brexit will “clearly not be completed before March 29, 2019.”
But she confirmed she’ll bring a third vote on the deal back to the Commons “as soon as possible”, vowing to “make the argument for the orderly withdrawal and strong future partnership the UK economy, its citizens’ security and the continent’s future, demands”.
Mrs May concluded: “In our legal system, the Government will need to take a bill through both Houses of Parliament to enact our commitments under the withdrawal agreement into domestic law.