UK Will Not Leave EU on March 29 – Prime Minister

UK Will Not Leave EU on March 29 – Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said her country will not leave the European Union on March 29, as originally planned, but said the departure wouldn’t be delayed any further than June 30.

“Nearly three years have passed since the public voted to leave the European Union,” May said in a Wednesday address to the nation. “It was the biggest democratic exercise in our country’s history. I came to office on a promise to deliver on that verdict. In March 2017, I triggered the Article 50 process for the UK to exit the EU, and Parliament supported it overwhelmingly.” Continue reading UK Will Not Leave EU on March 29 – Prime Minister

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Brexit hangs in balance as parliament to vote on May’s tweaked deal

Brexit hangs in balance as parliament to vote on May’s tweaked deal

LONDON (Reuters) – The future of Britain’s exit from the European Union hung in the balance on Tuesday as lawmakers prepared to vote on a divorce deal after Prime Minister Theresa May won last-minute assurances from the European Union. Continue reading Brexit hangs in balance as parliament to vote on May’s tweaked deal

UK firms plan mass exodus if May allows no-deal Brexit

UK firms plan mass exodus if May allows no-deal Brexit

The secret history of modern Britain is made in obscure corners between men and women taken seriously by no one but themselves. A good time to begin it would be in the winter of 2013/14 when the Institute of Economic Affairs, a rightist outfit that won’t reveal where its money comes from, offered a €100,000 prize to whoever could devise a means of leaving the European Union.

The reason why politicians are now stumbling towards disaster like prisoners marching to the scaffold ought to have been clear from that moment. Obviously, Britain can leave the EU, but only if it is willing to pay an extortionate price. Yet first the institute’s judges, led by Nigel Lawson and Gisela Stuart, then the Leave campaigns of Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Dominic Cummings and, finally, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, who even now cannot speak plainly, have refused to acknowledge the harsh truth.

As if to anticipate their failings, the winning entry came from a minor functionary in the British embassy in Manila by the name of Iain Mansfield. He brushed away the difficulties of leaving the EU and offered us our first helping of unicorn cake. Britain, he declared, could enjoy the free movement of capital and goods in the single market, he announced, but stop the free movement of labour. Continue reading UK firms plan mass exodus if May allows no-deal Brexit