UK and EU agree delay to 31 October BBC
- European Union leaders have granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit, after five hours of talks in Brussels last night.
- The new deadline – 31 October – averts the prospect of the UK having to leave the EU without a deal on Friday, as MPs are still deadlocked over a deal.
- European Council president Donald Tusk said his “message to British friends” was “please do not waste this time”.
- Theresa May, who had wanted a shorter delay, said the UK would still aim to leave the EU as soon as possible.
- The UK must now hold European elections in May, or leave on 1 June without a deal.
Merkel calls on EU to give UK more time on Brexit FT
- May reiterates goal of leaving bloc next month as she arrives in Brussels.
- Angela Merkel has called on fellow European leaders to give the UK more time to avoid a disorderly exit from the EU.
- Ms Merkel warned: “We have only 59 hours to avoid a disorderly UK exit from the EU. That scenario of a disorderly Brexit is not in our interest”.
Varadkar says UK should be allowed to stay in customs union with say over EU trade policy The Guardian
- Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister said he was “very confident” that the UK would be offered another extension and that there would not be a no-deal this Friday. But what he did not know was how long the extension would last, or what conditions would be attached.
UK gets more time to decide on EU budget payments under no-deal Brexit MLex
- The UK will have two-and-a-half weeks to decide whether to pay into the EU’s 2019 budget in a no-deal Brexit scenario, after EU leaders agreed to extend the deadline from April 18 to April 30.
- The budget contingency measure would guarantee that UK businesses, researchers and students will continue to receive EU payments until Dec. 31, provided the UK makes its scheduled payments.