Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

British lawmakers vote in favour of delaying Brexit

British lawmakers vote in favour of delaying Brexit

Just 15 days out from when the United Kingdom was supposed to withdraw from the European Union, the British Parliament has voted to ask the EU for a delay of the Brexit deadline.

A handful of global channels operators, including Discovery and NBCUniversal, have begun shifting their European licenses out of Britain to other countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands, to ensure that the permits will still be valid throughout the rest of Europe after Brexit.

"I also reiterate our support for a People's Vote - not as a political point-scoring exercise but as a realistic option to break the deadlock". "How many votes have there been, and every time it's a negative majority, a majority against something".

May is proposing an extension until June 30 - but only if she can get Parliament to back her Brexit deal at a third attempt by March 20. She is seeking to win over opponents in her own party and its Northern Irish political ally, the Democratic Unionist Party.

Either would require unanimous approval from the other 27 European Union members, whose leaders meet in a summit next Thursday.

"It's still really hard to see how the numbers stack up for Theresa May, but she's giving it one more go", he said. Officials and national leaders in the bloc are exasperated at the events in London. They want to put countries off the idea...

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"Under no circumstances an extension in the dark!" tweeted the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt.

Using a threat of a lengthy extension to Article 50, she has made clear her negotiated divorce deal is still on the table and seeks to push rebel lawmakers into supporting it, despite having had it rejected twice - in January by a historic margin, and again on Tuesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who had earlier said he looked forward to negotiating a "large scale" trade deal with Britain after Brexit, added to May's headaches by criticising her handling of the crisis.

"I will tell you, I'm surprised at how badly it's all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he met Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. The EU, meanwhile, is reluctant to postpone Brexit beyond the late May elections for the European Parliament, because that would mean Britain taking part even as it prepares to leave.

EU leaders meeting next Thursday will consider pressing Britain to delay Brexit by at least a year, European Council President Donald Tusk said. European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted Thursday he will appeal to EU leaders "to be open to a long extension if the United Kingdom finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus about it".


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