Amid calls for resignation, Theresa May says Brexit a ‘national duty’

Donald Tusk said the UK can still revoke Article 50

Donald Tusk said the UK can still revoke Article 50

Over a dinner of scallops and cod, 27 European leaders wrangled between a long-game strategy, favoured by European Council President Donald Tusk, to give Britain up to a year to figure out how to leave the EU and Macron's desire to put pressure on British Prime Minister Theresa May by keeping any delay short.

May, who returned in the early hours of Thursday after lengthy and hard talks with EU leaders in Brussels, addressed a crowded chamber in the Houses of Parliament to report on the outcome of her talks with the EU Council.

"They said that the summit" would be advised to provide the United Kingdom with an extension which should be appropriately framed to honor the principle of true cooperation". She urged MPs to take stock and "reflect" over a 10-day Easter break that starts on Friday. "This is our national duty as elected members of this House".

"The Prime Minister stuck rigidly to a flawed plan and now the clock has run down, leaving Britain in limbo", Corbyn said. Most Party lawmakers would like her to quit right now and allow a new leader take control of Brexit's phase.

"I think there is actually more agreement in relation to a customs union than is often given credit for when different language is used", she said. Since Britain's death date of March 29 approached without a settlement in sight, the European Union gave Britain before Friday to accept that a withdrawal plan, alter course and find a further delay to Brexit, or even wreck out of the European Union without a price to cushion the shock.

European Union rules say that any expansion to the Brexit deadline requires unanimity among the 27 other member states, and even if smaller member states would be hard to do it on their own, France has never shied away from becoming an European Union leader - at the cost of Britain.

The Guardian reported Friday the British government has stood down an army of 6,000 civil servants who had been preparing for a no-deal Brexit.

Leaders said after hearing May speak though Macron had reservations, they were likely to grant a Brexit delay.

However there was further anger among Tories Brexiteers after it emerged the Government had shelved emergency planning for a no-deal Brexit following the latest extension. May had requested pushing the Brexit deadline back to June 30, but did not object to a longer delay.

But Macron insisted that a long delay would upset the functioning of the EU, which is set to decide on the presidencies of the European Commission and the Council, among other issues, later this year.

In a potential European Parliament election, Labour would lead with 24 per cent, followed by the Conservatives on 16 per cent, the Brexit party on 15, UKIP on 14, the Lib Dems and Greens scoring 8 per cent each, and Change UK on 7 per cent, the poll claimed. A few days of discussions between the Conservative government of May and the opposition Labour Party targeted at finding a compromise have failed to make a breakthrough.

"We are in a very, very annoying scenario", Roth said as he came Tuesday in an European Union meeting in Luxembourg.

The British press compared the latest Brexit machinations to Wednesday's other big news - the publication of the first-ever photograph of a black hole.

So EU countries, especially France, have become increasingly exasperated with uncertainty and the political branch in Britain in a way forward. If May can't win support from the Labour Party, she plans to ask Parliament to vote on several Brexit options.

However, U.K. lawmakers rejected it three times.

"I really don't believe the British people would thank us if we left without a deal". 22 weeks from today would be 12 September, and pro-EU politicians in the UK were quick to comment that the October extension would be just enough for a "People's Vote" to be held, if the UK Parliament so wishes.