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European Union Extends Brexit Deadline to Oct. 31 [2019]

Stephen Castle and Steven Erlanger. NYT. April 10, 2019

Thursday 11 April 2019, by Carlos San Juan

European leaders offer Brexit delay European Union leaders agreed to push the deadline for Britain’s departure from the bloc back to Oct. 31, staving off a chaotic, no-deal exit that was set for Friday. It was longer than Prime Minister Theresa May had hoped for — she proposed June 30, which many found unrealistic. European leaders agreed to review the arrangement at the end of June. At a news conference after a long night of negotiations, Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said the two sides had agreed to what he called “a flexible extension.” What it means: Britain will almost certainly have to hold elections for the European Parliament on May 23 — something Mrs. May once argued would be absurd, given that Britons voted to leave almost three years ago. That prospect will likely anger hard-line Brexit supporters. The path ahead, as you’ve probably guessed, remains a minefield.

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