EU Officials Agree to Postpone Brexit, Albeit With Conditions

By Anna Breuer on 21 March 2019
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DSC_0320British Prime Minister Theresa May requested – and received – a three-month delay in Britain’s exit from the European Union, but top EU officials said they would only agree if the British Parliament endorsed the prime minister’s plan.

The current Brexit deadline is in eight days, on March 29.

The prime minister’s plan is for Britain to exit the bloc but maintain existing trade ties through 2020.

If the British Parliament fails to support Mrs. May’s plan – and lawmakers in Britain have already twice rejected it – the outcome could be a so-called “hard” or no-deal Brexit, which would likely throw Britain into economic chaos, or a lengthier delay, with the latter possibly resulting in no Brexit at all.

Regardless, it seems that the current showdown between the European Union and Britain will come down to the wire.

The only encouragement on Wednesday came from Donald Tusk, president of the European Council.

“Even if the hope for final success may seem frail, even illusory, and although Brexit fatigue is increasingly visible and justified, we cannot give up seeking – until the very last moment – a positive solution,” Tusk said in a tweet.

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