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European Union leaders urge clarity from Britain before Brexit delay

16 March 2019

Seif said shifting beyond the two-stage approach could assuage the concerns of Brexiteer members of parliament, including the European Research Group (ERG), who fear the backstop could leave Britain trapped in the customs union forever against its will.

And a Survation poll for the Daily Mail found that that Conservative voters want hard-line Brexiteer and Remainer Tories to toe the line and back the Prime Minister.

Protesters plan to set out Saturday from Sunderland, which is 270 miles (434 kilometers) north of London that voted by 61-39 percent in 2016 to leave the EU. Now it looks as if this is Mrs May's most likely course of action.

It's due to end at Parliament on March 29, the day the United Kingdom was supposed to leave.

In the event of a Brexit delay to end-2020, European Union leaders could instruct their officials to negotiate with Britain on their future relationship: "In these 21 months to the end of 2020, we could say that we really want to negotiate straight away on the future relationship".

One cabinet minister has now told The Sun that they believed the chairman of the 1922 committee, Sir Graham Brady, would have to "tap her on the shoulder" and suggest that she leave her post.

Later on, Wednesday (March 13th), the UK MPs voted down a no-deal Brexit option in any circumstances, proffering a breathing space for UK businesses which had been shifting their assets outside the UK in the fear of a no-deal Brexit, which would eventually prevent UK companies to conduct business with other eurozone nations.

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Following yesterday's vote by the British parliament, UK Prime Minister Theresa May will ask for an extension.

The Prime Minister is expected to hold her third "meaningful vote" on the agreement next week before heading to Brussels to discuss an Article 50 extension.

Using a threat of a lengthy extension to Article 50, she has made clear that her negotiated divorce deal is still on the table and seeks to push rebel lawmakers into supporting it, despite having had it rejected twice - in January by a historic margin, and again earlier this week, on Tuesday.

Still, Mrs May has an arduous task ahead.

Mrs May has said she will seek to restrict any Brexit delay until June 30 but Mr Tusk will look to push leaders into accepting a far more gruelling extension to the EU's Article 50 exit clause.

Professor Marc Stears, director of the Sydney Policy Lab at the University of Sydney and former chief speechwriter to Britain's Labour Party, said: "Mrs May's position ought to be very weak".

European Union leaders urge clarity from Britain before Brexit delay