Highlights: UK's Hammond Talks About Brexit, the BoE and PM May's Successor

Leroy Wright
April 13, 2019

The EU gave Britain until this Friday to approve a withdrawal plan, change course, seek a further delay to Brexit, or crash out of the EU with no deal to cushion the shock.

However she acknowledged that reaching agreement in talks with Labour "will not be easy" as it would require compromise on both sides, but said that it was in the "national interest" that they should try.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has been engaged in talks with the government since at least last week seeking to break the Brexit impasse, but hasn't been satisfied with what he's heard back from the Conservatives.

But he warned: "If these talks are to be a success, resulting in an agreement that can bring our country back together, the government will have to compromise".

Theresa May will stay on as United Kingdom prime minister to get Brexit done, even if that means remaining in the job until the end of October, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said Friday.

"And then if they did, what that would mean would be some kind of process by which the House of Commons was invited to decide on this issue".

In the working-class port town of Tilbury east of London, which strongly backed leaving the European Union in the 2016 referendum, Brexit supporters voiced their frustration at the new delay.

"I think there is actually more agreement in relation to a customs union than is often given credit for when different language is used", she said.

Speaking to LBC radio host James O'Brien on Thursday, Mr Khan said that instead of negotiating for a delay to October 31st, "what the prime minister should have done was to stop the clock... by withdrawing Article 50".

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However, May says she hopes her country can figure out Brexit before the six-month deadline and leave as soon as possible, reported BBC.

"But, as far as I know, she doesn't have any intention of leaving until that deal is done". "She's a person with a strong sense of duty, she's a person who feels she has an obligation to the British people to deliver Brexit, and she will certainly want to make good on that obligation".

"Let's be honest, we have already got people jockeying for position to succeed her, but that's just one of those things".

"Clearly nobody wants to fight the European elections - it feels like a pointless exercise".

"We can win these European elections and we can again start to put the fear of God into our members of parliament in Westminster".

Tusk said that during the extension Britain "will continue its honest cooperation as a full member state, with all its rights, and as a close friend and trusted ally in the future".

In a European Union emergency summit that saw the meet go past midnight on Thursday, the European Union leaders, including May, agreed to delay the deadline for Brexit period until October 31, with a review on the progress in June.

May told the House - in an oft-repeated mantra - that passing an EU withdrawal agreement quickly would allow Britain to avoid taking part in European parliamentary elections set for late May, an unpalatable prospect to many Conservatives.

However, it is possible for the vote to be cancelled right up to the day before polling if a withdrawal deal is agreed by MPs.

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