News | Published April 12 2019

May tells parliament that consensus on Brexit deal is in 'national interest'

Theresa May told MPs that delivering "consensus on a deal" to the leave the EU was her priority yesterday.

The prime minister spoke in parliament after agreeing an extension to the Article 50 deadline until October 31.

The UK will now have to stand candidates in the European Elections on May 23.

May said: "The whole country is intensely frustrated that this process of leaving the European Union has not been completed."

This is the second extension to the Brexit deadline after the original leaving date of March 29 was delayed until April 12.

May added: "The choices we face are stark and the timetable is clear.

"I believe we must now press on at pace with our efforts to reach a consensus on a deal that is in the national interest."

Jeremy Corbyn, who will continue cross-party talks with May, accused the government of "mishandling" the process.

Corbyn said: "The prime minister has stuck rigidly to a flawed plan and now the clock has run down, leaving Britain in limbo and adding to the deep uncertainty of business, workers and people all across this country."

In advance of the talks he said that the government need to "compromise" in order to reach a consensus with the Labour party.

MPs will return from Easter recess on April 23 at which point in become more clear if a compromise deal can be reached.

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William Winter
April 12 2019

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