The United Kingdom was supposed to figure out the terms of its exit — or Brexit — from the European Union by March 29, but UK Prime Minister Theresa May agreed Thursday to delay for a second time, this time until Oct. 31.
However, May says she hopes her country can figure out Brexit before the six-month deadline and leave as soon as possible, reported BBC. She had requested a shorter extension until June 30. The decision to delay a second time ahead of Friday’s deadline came after an emergency EU summit in Brussels.
“Please do not waste this time,” European Council President Donald Tusk said according to BBC.
Getting the UK Parliament to rally behind a Brexit deal seems all but impossible after multiple defeats in the House of Commons, including a Jan. 15 vote in which May’s deal was rejected by both pro-Brexit and anti-Brexit members of Parliament in a record-setting defeat.
The dragging out of Brexit comes after May declared that “Brexit means Brexit, and we’re going to make a success of it” July 11, 2016, when she was leader of the Conservative Party.
Even though May technically has until Oct. 31, other dates before then could play into the UK’s departure. The EU expects the UK to hold European Parliament elections May 22 even though May does not want the members to take their seats with the others on July 2 if she can get her Brexit deal through before then, reported The Guardian.
May is set to continue reaching across the aisle for help from the UK’s socialist Labour Party to complete Brexit.
Several Tory Brexiters, including May’s former Brexit secretary David Davis, have floated the possibility of her resignation after the Brussels summit, reported The Guardian.
A poll published in late March showed that 90 percent of Brits believe that May’s Brexit negotiations have been a “national humiliation.”
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