British Prime Minister May Asks for Second Brexit Delay


British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the European Union for a delay for the Britain’s exit from the coalition. It is the second time she has done so.

May is asking for the exit date to be pushed back to June 30. It had been April 12. Finding a new deal on trade, immigration and other issues between the UK and the EU has proved elusive for the Prime Minister. Britain voted in 2016 to leave the EU, citing more control over economic and immigration issues as the primary reasons.

European Council President Donald Tusk has offered the UK a one-year extension to the exit date. Under that proposal the exit date would be March 31, 2020.

May has offered two Brexit deals so far that have been soundly defeated in British Parliament. She has also offered to resign if her deal is passed.

Britain’s membership in the EU will still expire if no deal is reached by the deadline. A new agreement must be ratified by the both the British and European Parliaments in order to go into effect.

Photo by Raul Mee (EU2017EE) via Flickr