Brexit Extension Statement – EU agrees new deadline + Assange arrest

Brexit Delay and Julian Assange
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Brexit Extension Statement. The EU has given a deadline of October 31.  Home Secretary Sajid Javid makes statement on arrest of Julian Assange.  Click @ 15:30 to hear it.

Prime Minister Theresa May deliverd a statement in the House of Commons giving details of the Brussels decision.

EU leaders agreed a further delay in Brexit.  They made the decision after five-hour talks in Brussels.

The new deadline averts the prospect of the UK having to leave the EU without a deal on Friday.  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.

Should have left by now

Earlier Mrs May spoke to reporters at 02:45 local time (01:45 BST). She said that although the delay extends until 31 October, the UK can leave before then if MPs pass her withdrawal deal.

“I know that there is huge frustration from many people that I had to request this extension,” she said.

“The UK should have left the EU by now and I sincerely regret the fact that I have not yet been able to persuade Parliament to approve a deal.”

What happens now?  Should the Brexit deal go to parliament again will MPs support it?

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