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May welcomes Brexit delay, says parliament now has clear choice

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Published on March 22, 2019 - Duration: 01:29s

May welcomes Brexit delay, says parliament now has clear choice

The British Prime Minister accepted the Brexit extension and urged lawmakers to vote for her deal to avoid crashing out of the EU bloc without a deal.

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Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday (March 21) welcomed the European Union's decision to delay Brexit, saying that lawmakers in the British parliament now had clear choices about what to do next.

With just a week to go until Britain risks lurching out into legal limbo at midnight (2300 GMT) next Friday, EU leaders gave May an extra two months, until May 22, to leave if she wins next week's vote in parliament.

But she failed to convince the other 27 that she would succeed, prompting a frantic seven hours of talks to find a way to get Britain out without seeming to push.

The conclusion was a deal that suggested that Britain could, if May fails, come back and ask for a much longer delay.

But this would be on the condition - likely a major stumbling block - that it takes part in elections to the new EU parliament on May 23.

For it to do so, British election law says that would have to be announced six weeks beforehand, by April 12.

If it does not call an EU election, Britain will be out.

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