This could on forever!
EU leaders agree to delay Brexit up until Oct. 31, giving Theresa May more time to push a divorce deal through Parliament….
Frustrated European leaders abandoned hope Thursday that Britain would sort out its departure from the European Union anytime soon, slapping aside a proposal by Prime Minister Theresa May for a short delay and offering to extend Brexit until Halloween.
The offer avoids a chaotic departure by Britain on Friday. It also almost certainly locks Britain into elections for the European Parliament next month, which May has struggled mightily to avoid.
May wanted an extension to June 30 to seal a deal with her own divided lawmakers. The European leaders, talking Brexit for at least the 18th time and exasperated by Brexit “emergency summits,” wanted to free themselves from the chaos of British politics.
The Oct. 31 extension could end early if British lawmakers sign on to the E.U.’s unpopular terms of departure. Leaders also said they would review the membership in June.
May sat down with the E.U. leaders and was peppered with 45 minutes of questions to which she had few answers.
They were openly skeptical that her negotiations back home with the opposition Labour Party would produce a winning compromise…..
image….European Council President Donald Tusk, seated, speaks with Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the E.U. summit in Brussels on Wednesday. (Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AP)