Brexit: May to be told EU Brexit delay decision

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May's own authority has been gravely compromised by the long Brexit ordeal and she has promised to step down once Britain leaves the bloc - if efforts to get rid of her more quickly do not bear fruit. And there are still few signs that British lawmakers will approve Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal, further prolonging the political chaos.

Without support from the Labour Party, May's path toward actually taking Britain out of the European Union remains unclear.

While the European Union is urging Britain to use the extra time wisely, the British parliament broke Thursday for a two-week recess.

But pro-Brexit and pro-EU parties are eager to run in a contest seen by many as a way to express their strongly divergent views on the EU.

"This party is not here just to fight the European elections", he said.

Nigel Farage was asked an interesting question at yesterday's launch of the Brexit Party: will this movement be only about Brexit?

European Union leaders agreed Wednesday to delay Brexit until October 31, 2019, so that the United Kingdom could "find the best possible solution".

Farage was a co-founder of UKIP, the UK Independence Party, which went on to become a powerful voice in the campaign for Britain to end its membership of the EU.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said cabinet minister David Lidington and Secretary of State for Environment Michael Gove held talks with a team led by him.

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Annunziata Rees-Mogg, sister of Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, says her decision to leave the Conservative Party was not made lightly.

Presenter Robert Peston said of his interview with Mr McDonnell: "It is clear to me Labour is close to upgrading the referendum idea from option to formal first-choice policy".

The ambiguity of the question has meant that politicians across the political spectrum have been able to interpret the results to pursue pretty much any vision of Brexit.

However, many lawmakers in the opposition Labour Party are putting pressure on their leader Jeremy Corbyn to include a new referendum in his demands in talks with the government about how to break the Brexit impasse in parliament.

Like many things Brexit-related, the extension was a compromise.

"It would be unforgivable if Labour side-stepped a second European Union referendum in the talks and instead pushed through a deal that would drag Scotland out of the single market and end freedom of movement - which will hit our public services and cost thousands of jobs".

He added: "What we've got to do now, through the discussions we are having with the Labour Party, is find a way forward that allows us to find a deal that works for Britain, allows us to deliver Brexit, and allows us to protect the economy and British jobs".

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the time had come for Britain to decide what it wants.