The European Union’s executive said on March 28 that if Britain fails to ratify its divorce agreement this week, Brexit will only postponed until April 12 by which time London must inform the bloc of its plans.
European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas was commenting on indicative votes in the U.K. parliament that produced no clear majority for any Brexit option: “If the Withdrawal Agreement is not ratified by the end of this week, Article 50 will be extended to April 12 and it is now for the U.K. government to inform about how it sees the next steps,” Mr. Schinas said. “We counted eight ‘noes’ last night, now we need a ‘yes’ on the way forward.”
May presses on with bid to get deal through parliament
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May is pressing on with efforts to get her Brexit deal approved by parliament, meeting Conservative colleagues and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, her spokesman said on March 28.
Ms. May, who has offered to quit in return for the support of Conservative lawmakers for her deal, is focused on getting it through parliament, the spokesman said, adding that she continued to believe her agreement was the best available.
‘May’s Brexit deal is dead’
Boris Johnson, who led the campaign to leave the European Union, said Ms. May’s twice-defeated Brexit divorce deal is dead, the Evening Standard newspaper said on March 28.
Boris: May’s deal is dead, the newspaper said on its front page.
The newspaper said Mr. Johnson, who fell in behind the deal after Ms. May promised to quit if it was passed, had told friends: “It’s dead anyway.”