EU must increase pressure on Britain over Brexit - EU's Verhofstadt

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EU must increase pressure on Britain over Brexit - EU's Verhofstadt

Lawmaker Andrew Bridgen accused her of pursuing a "scorched earth" policy of destroying all other Brexit options to leave lawmakers with a choice between her deal and a long delay.

The President of the European Council's intervention on Twitter this morning will bolster claims that the United Kingdom would not leave the EU until 2021 unless Mrs May (pictured outside Downing Street last night) can persuade the DUP and Brexiteers to back her divorce deal.

Britain will now, nearly certainly, not leave the bloc as initially scheduled on March 29. May's proposed Brexit deal has been defeated twice already by lawmakers. Withdrawing without a deal could mean major disruptions for businesses and people in the United Kingdom and the 27 remaining countries.

After a series of Parliamentary defeats, May has grudgingly given lawmakers a vote on delaying Brexit.

Some 127 leave-supporting Members of Parliament backed Amendment B, tabled by Conservative Lee Rowley, which sought to add to the motion to be voted on Thursday night that "the result of the 2016 European Union referendum should be respected and that a second European Union referendum would be divisive and expensive, and therefore should not take place". The UK Parliament has voted today on a series of amendments related to leaving the European Union without a deal, approving the most relevant one.

Lawmakers had overwhelmingly supported Thursday's government motion by 412 to 202 votes.

A handful of global channels operators, including Discovery and NBCUniversal, have begun shifting their European licenses out of Britain to other countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands, to ensure that the permits will still be valid throughout the rest of Europe after Brexit. On Wednesday, a dozen government ministers abstained rather than support May's bid to keep a no-deal Brexit as an option, while another voted against, and resigned.

May also needs to win over the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has so far refused to back her plan.

"It's still really hard to see how the numbers stack up for Theresa May, but she's giving it one more go", he said.

If the delay is approved next week, May hopes to use it to enact legislation needed for Britain's departure. Officials and national leaders in the bloc are exasperated at the events in London. They have said they will approve an extension if there is a specific reason, but don't want to provide more time for political bickering in Britain.

"Under no circumstances an extension in the dark!"

"I will tell you, I'm surprised at how badly it's all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he met Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

The longer extension will mean that Britain must also participate in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

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