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UK: Brexit clouds gather, economy offers ray of light

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Published on March 21, 2019 - Duration: 01:32s

UK: Brexit clouds gather, economy offers ray of light

British Prime Minister Theresa May heads for Brussels to request an extension to Brexit, a day after delivering an address urging lawmakers to vote through her withdrawal deal.

But, as Francis Maguire reports, as Brexit clouds gather there was a bright spot in the latest readings on the economy.

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UK: Brexit clouds gather, economy offers ray of light

Mixed opinions for Theresa May as the papers land on her desk Thursday, Some supporting her... Others warning of a No Deal cliff edge.

And she may notice a petition to 'Revoke Article 50 and Remain in the EU' has hit hundreds of thousands of signatures overnight Possibly not what she hoped for after her speech Wednesday night, Where she called on MPs to support her deal after it failed in two votes in parliament, Claiming she understood the British people wanted to see Brexit go through.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PM, THERESA MAY, SAYING: "You want this stage of the Brexit process to be over and done with.

I agree.

I am on your side.

It is now time for MPs to decide." May now heads for Brussels to talk an extension, Where Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says Britain request should be considered.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) IRISH PM, LEO VARADKAR, SAYING: "The situation in London is somewhat chaotic at the moment, and for that reason, I think we need to cut the entire British establishment a little bit of slack on this." As Brexit clouds gather over Parliament, The economy offered a ray of sunshine.

Retail data showed Brits went shopping in February, Sales going up an annual 4 percent.

Mild weather got shoppers out, Though one economist suggests consumers may have brought forward purchases, In fear that a disruptive Brexit could force prices up.

Figures earlier this week showed a steady rise in wages, And the lowest unemployment figures since 1975.

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