short delay to Brexit is possible, but will be conditional on the House of Commons passing the Withdrawal Agreement.
“The question remains open as to the duration of such an extension,” Tusk, the President of the European Council, said.
Tusk said he spoke to Theresa May on the phone earlier this afternoon.
“May’s proposal of the 30 June, which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a leg
al and political nature,” he added. “Leaders will discuss this tomorrow.”1 hr agoDona
ld Tusk speaking nowThe President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is giving a press conference in Brussels.
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MPs surprised by “downright reckless” strategy, Starmer says
dow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has opened the emergency debate into the Brexit delay by quoting Ther
esa May’s de facto deputy David Lidington, who said last week that if May’s divorce deal was not passed by parl
iament, seeking “a short and, critically, one-off extension would be downright reckless.”
Starmer says those statements led MPs to believe that May would reques
t a long extension if she hadn’t passed her plan — but May has asked for a delay only until June 30.
He adds that the confusion is symptomatic of May’s Brexit strategy to date — to “put parliament as far away as possible from the process.”
Agreement. This is where the prospect of a lengthy delay plays into the thinking of some.
A long delay presents the UK, potentially, with a choice. If it is to take part in the European elections, then it must legislate to do so before April 11. In that scenario, the
EU could propose a longish delay of around two years, with a fixed end point, but with a neat get-out clause. Were the Hous
e of Commons to approve May’s Brexit deal within that period, the UK would flip out of the EU and the Article 50 ex
tension would be reincarnated as the two-year transition, as per the current Withdrawal Agreement.
If that all sounds a little fiddly, here it is in simpler language. UK lawmakers would be presented with a choice of voti
ng to leave the EU with a deal that they may not love, or remain as a full member state and what that leads to is any
one’s guess: A general election, another referendum — take your pick of undesirable outcomes.
All of this was complicated further on Monday, when the Speaker of the House of Commons lobbed in a constitutional hand g
renade. John Bercow pronounced that Theresa May could not bring her Brexit deal back for a new vote in Parl
iament without the question being asked sufficiently differently from the one defeated last week.
clone Idai would be the deadliest tropical cyclone on record to have hit southern Africa.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said there was no power in Beira and surr
ounding areas, and nearly all communication lines had been destroyed.
”Main roads leading into Beira have been cut off, buildings have been submerged and se
verely damaged, and all business has been shut down,” said the aid agency, adding that “medical acti
vities in Beira hospital, in local health centers, and throughout the community have ceased completely.”
Though the cyclone hit Mozambique on Thursday, the extent of
the damage has taken days to come into focus due in part to the country’s poor infrastructure.
The scale of #CycloneIdai in Beira, Mozambique, is truly heartbreaking. Initial assessments from @ifrc estimate at le
ast 90% of the area is completely destroyed. Read what IFRC aid workers are witnessing in the ar