Published: Sat, April 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Watch out parliament, Farage warns at launch of new Brexit Party

Watch out parliament, Farage warns at launch of new Brexit Party

So that we can leave the European Union with a deal as soon as possible.

May updated the United Kingdom parliament on the developments on April 11, saying she knows there is frustration in the country. She had requested a shorter extension until June 30.

"We need to resolve this", May told the House of Commons in a statement, urging lawmakers to reflect as they leave Westminster for their Easter recess.

Many in the left-wing Labour Party fear that May, who has indicated she will depart once Brexit is achieved, will be replaced by a staunch Brexiteer like Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary.

"Instead of wasting more time, Labour must make clear to the Tories that the answer to the Brexit deadlock is to put the decision back to the people". Upon concluding to a decision of offering about 6 months to UK PM May for reaching a solution to unify her divided parliament on Brexit issue, Summit Chair Donald Tusk had briefed PM May about the outcomes of the talks.

"People expected to leave on March 29 and here we are heading towards Halloween.There's some symbolism in that I think", he said Thursday.

May has promised to step down once she delivers the first stage of Brexit - meaning she could remain in power until near the end of the year. All these and other reasons played into the result: a Nuffield study published a year ago noted that immigration was the main reason that people voted to leave, followed by sovereignty, though the economy and the desire to teach politicians a lesson also played in.

The pound traded steady and stocks held firm on news of the extension.

British businesses expressed relief at the Brexit delay.

"Please, do not waste this time", European Council President Donald Tusk said.

Brexiteer Conservative legislator Peter Bone said May had once vowed that she would not keep the the European Union past June 30.

Farage said on Friday that he will stand for the Brexit Party in the European Parliament elections, along with several other candidates including Annunziata Rees-Mogg, the sister of prominent pro-Brexit Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.

May noted that talks between her party and the opposition Labour party are "serious, detailed and ongoing", adding that "there is actually more agreement" between the two sides on a post-Brexit plan.

May has previously said she will resign when her Brexit deal is passed by Parliament, but that pledge failed to get the bill over the line at the third attempt and the exact date of her departure remains unclear. Labour's price is a closer relationship with the European Union and possibly a second referendum.

However, many Labour MPs and members are calling for leader Jeremy Corbyn to ask for a second referendum as one of the party's demands.

"As we get further and further and deeper and deeper into the hole that Brexit has created, the idea of a referendum as the only route out is gaining some currency among MPs and is gaining some support in the country at large", said analyst Wager.

"I never wanted to seek this extension", May said.

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