Theresa May to meet with Merkel and Macron in seek of a delay on Brexit
- 8 months ago
British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron later today, in a bid to delay the Brexit deadline as ministers hold crisis talks with the opposing Labour party to break the deadlock in London.
The U.K.'s departure from the EU has already been delayed once but May is asking for yet more time as she courts veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn, whose opposition Labour Party wants to keep Britain more closely tied to the bloc after Brexit.
May is currently seeking an extension until June 30, instead of the current deadline which stands a few days away on Aprile 12.
“The Prime Minister has not yet moved off her red lines so we can reach a compromise,” Corbyn as he too will today meey with fellow government ministers.
The debate has been forced on the government by parliament passing a law on Monday which will give lawmakers the power to scrutinise and even make legally binding changes to May’s request to extend the Article 50 negotiating period again.
Labour’s demands include keeping Britain in a customs union with the EU, something which is hard to reconcile with May’s desire for Britain to have an independent trade policy.
Source: Smart Trend Team