The Brexit deadlock continue as EU leaders agreed to Prime Minister Theresa May’s request to extend the UK’s divorce from the EU for a second time. Britain’s default position before the agreement was reached was that the UK would leave the bloc today, but instead the new departure date has been set as October 31, 2019. That gives MPs more time to reach a withdrawal agreement. However, this will not be further discussed for a while, as Parliamentary business have been closed for Easter recess.
When does Parliament Easter recess end?
The House of Commons is in recess from April 12 and the House will next sit on Tuesday, April 23.
The 11-day break means there will be no parliamentary business for the week beginning on Monday, April 15.
However, with Brexit still looming MPs are expected to plan for their return to the Commons while on their break.
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Will there be another Brexit vote?
The Prime Minister hopes to bring her Brexit deal back to Parliament after it was rejected for a third time by MPs last month.
With the new delay in place, Mrs May said she will be bringing back her controversial Brexit deal to the Commons for a fourth time after Easter recess.
However, she also stressed there was no chance of renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement already rejected three times by MPs.
She added if MPs fails to approve the deal again there would be a series of votes on “a small number of options for the future relationship” and that the Government would abide by the decision of the House.
This open up the possibility of Britain staying in a customs union with the bloc – and idea that has angered many Brexiteers.
Mrs May said Wednesday’s late-night talks with the EU to delay Brexit were “difficult”, but claimed that she had secured compromises on behalf of Britain.
She said: “There was a range of views about the length of an extension with a large number of member states preferring a longer extension to the end of this year or even into the next.
“In the end what was agreed by the UK and the EU27 was a compromise – an extension lasting until the end of October.”
Downing Street will be hoping they can get a deal through Parliament in time to avoid the need for Britain to vote in elections to the European Parliament on May 23.
The Government has also been holding talks with Labour in yet another attempt to break the Brexit deadlock.
But whether it will be successful is doubtful as party leader Jeremy Corbyn warned Mrs May she will have to compromise.