The British government decided to postpone Brexit. Now it is the EU’s turn to accept the request.
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The British government decided on Thursday evening that Great Britain should delay Brexit. A vast majority of the members of the parliament voted for postponing Britain’s exit from the European Union.
The exact date of the divorce is still unclear, the parliament will vote on it next week. According to today’s decision, Britain will request a short delay if a Brexit deal can be agreed by March 20 — or a longer delay if no deal can be agreed in time. A short delay would mean 3 months – so the new date of Brexit would be June 30.
Now, it’s the EU’s turn – all the 27 EU countries should agree on the delay to make it happen. If any of the member states deny the request, Britain cannot leave the EU later than March 29.
We take note of tonight’s votes. A request for an extension of Article 50 requires the unanimous agreement of all 27 Member States. It will be for the European Council (Article 50) to consider such a request, giving priority to the need to ensure the functioning of the EU institutions and taking into account the reasons for and duration of a possible extension. President Juncker is in constant contact with all leaders” – the EU Commission’s spokerperson reacted to the vote, according to the CNN.
What has happened so far?
The parliament rejected Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement on Tuesday, MPs voted in favour of leaving the EU in an orderly way on Wednesday, and they decided on Thursday evening that the Prime Minister should ask the European Union for a delay on the exit.