Brexit date could be delayed further if Prime Minister Theresa May's deal passes in Parliament next week
The European Union has granted a temporary two-week extension that has changed the timeline for Brexit in a bid to avoid a No Deal scenario.
Under the new agreement, the EU has stated it will grant an extension if the Prime Minister can secure a majority in Parliament for her Brexit deal, which would last until Wednesday the 22nd of May.
This would give both the UK and the EU time to pass the necessary Withdrawal Agreement legislation before this year’s European Parliament elections on the 23rd of May.
Should Theresa May fail to pass her deal, as is widely expected, then the UK will leave the EU on the newly revised date of Friday the 12th of April.
Donald Tusk, the European Council President, said: “What this means in practice is that, until that date, all options will remain open, and the cliff-edge date will be delayed. The UK government will still have a choice of a deal, no-deal, a long extension or revoking article 50.”
However, alternatives to the 22nd of May have been proposed, with French President Emmanuel Macron suggesting Tuesday the 7th of May. His suggestions were echoed by Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, to coincide with ‘Victory in Europe Day’ on the 8th which marks the end of World War II in Europe.
Theresa May, who originally requested an extension to the 30th of June, is scheduled to put her Brexit deal before MPs for a third time next week.