The Government appears to have conceded the October 31 deadline, after it was defeated in a bid to push through his withdrawal agreement bill legislation this week.
The PM is expected to push for an election if the bloc sanctions a delay of up to three months.
European Council president Donald Tusk has said he would recommend they agree a further delay in order to avoid a no deal Brexit.
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The Secretary of state confirms that there are no specific plans to deal with those EU, EEA, Swiss citizens and their families who miss the EU Settlement Scheme deadline and that they will be “liable to prosecution for unlawful residence”.
Replying toHello Mr Lewis,
336,000 application backlog
43% grants of lesser Pre-Settled Status and your staff admitting they know it is a problem
Still silent on what will happen to those who miss the application deadline.
Jean-Claude Juncker said he was “crystal clear” there will be no renegotiation of the Brexit deal, despite claims from several candidates in the U.K. Conservative leadership race that they will reopen talks with Brussels.
The European Commission president will meet Theresa May, who will be replaced as prime minister when a new Tory leader is elected this summer, ahead of an EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday evening.
Arriving at the summit, where leaders, including May, will discuss the European election results and begin the process of choosing the next European Council and Commission presidents, Juncker said his view on Brexit and the Withdrawal Agreement was unchanged: “There will be no renegotiation.”
Meanwhile Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel told the BBC that a renegotiation under a new British prime minister was “not how it’s going to work.”
Several contenders to succeed May have indicated they will seek to renegotiate. Brexiteer figurehead Boris Johnson has written in the Telegraph about striking “a good bargain” with Brussels, while keeping the option of no-deal on the table, while Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Tuesday that he wanted to form a new negotiating team including Brexiteer MPs, and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party to renegotiate the Irish backstop plan.
Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, who is also planning to run for the leadership, has said he will “fight for a fairer deal in Brussels with negotiations to change the backstop arrangements.”
Arriving in Brussels, May herself said that Brexit was now “a matter for my successor” but warned that the next prime minister would have to “find a way of addressing the very strongly held views on both sides of this issue, and to do that and get a majority in parliament.” The task, she said would require “compromise,” reiterating her view that the government should strive for a deal with the EU.
Asked whether she would play a role in selecting the new European Council and Commission presidents, May said the U.K would “continue to play a constructive role during the time of this extension of Article 50.”
Why is the vote happening?
Theresa May had hoped that taking part in the contest could be avoided, with the UK’s departure from the European Union concluded before the May 23 vote.
But because of her failure to get the Withdrawal Agreement approved by MPs at Westminster, the UK remains a member of the EU and has to take part in the elections to the European Parliament.
Will MEPs take their seats?
The new European Parliament will assemble on July 2 and with no prospect of the Brexit process being completed by then the UK’s MEPs will have the same status as all other members.
How long will they stay MEPs?
They will be elected on the same five-year cycle as MEPs from other countries, but their membership will cease as soon as the UK leaves the EU.
The current deadline is October 31, the date the extension to Article 50 expires, but this could be delayed further if the other 27 EU countries agree.
If the Prime Minister succeeds in getting her Withdrawal Agreement Bill through Parliament, the UK could potentially leave the EU on August 1, under the terms of the extension if the UK and EU ratify the Withdrawal Agreement before October 31, then Brexit would happen on the first day of the following month.
What about the rest of the EU?
The size of the European Parliament was due to be cut from 751 seats to 705 with the UK’s exit.
Twenty-seven of the seats formerly reserved for the UK will be redistributed among 14 other countries once Brexit occurs.