May to UK Lawmakers, Back My Brexit Deal or Face Long Delay

London, Theresa May, British Prime Minister

today warned that it would be a potent symbol of Parliament’s

collective political failure if a Brexit delay meant that the United

Kingdom (UK) has to take part in May’s European Parliament election

� almost three years after Britons voted to leave the bloc.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, May also cautioned that if

British lawmakers failed to back her Brexit deal before Thursday’s

European Council summit, we will not leave the EU for many months,

if ever.

If the proposal were to go back to square one and negotiate a new

deal, that would mean a much longer extension … The idea of the

British people going to the polls to elect MEPs (Members of the

European Parliament) three years after voting to leave the EU hardly

bears thinking about, she wrote.

May is expected to try to win Parliament’s approval of her

withdrawal agreement from the EU for the third time this week. After

months of political deadlock, lawmakers voted Thursday to seek to

postpone Brexit.

That will likely avert a chaotic British withdrawal on the scheduled

exit date of March 29 although the power to approve or reject a Brexit

extension lies with the European Union (EU). The European

Commission has said the bloc would consider any request, taking into

account the reasons for and duration of a possible extension.

By law, Britain is leaving the EU on March 29 with or without a

deal, unless it cancels Brexit or secures a delay, the Associated Press

(AP) news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency