The UK Prime Minister has said that the UK will need to request a further extension to Article 50.
In a press conference following a 7 hour long cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister has said that the extension had to be as ‘short as possible’ but enough to ensure that the UK could ‘leave in a timely and orderly way.’
Mrs May explains that she recognises the ‘logjam’ which exists in passing the deal cannot go on any longer.
I have been very critical of the PM and the Cabinet in an interview with @bbclaurak this afternoon. I stand by my words. But the PM’s statement is very welcome. This is the right approach. Better late than never.
— Nick Boles MP (@NickBoles) April 2, 2019
‘This debate, this division, cannot drag on much longer. It is putting MPs and everyone else under immense pressure – and it is doing damage to our politics … Despite the best efforts of MPs, the process that the House of Commons has tried to lead has not come up with an answer.’
The announcement comes less than 24 hours after MPs were unable to support a second set of indicative votes to help to take the Brexit deal through the Parliament.
As part of ending the deadlock, the Prime Minister is extending an invitation to the Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn in order ‘to try to agree a plan – that we would both stick to – to ensure that we leave the European Union and that we do so with a deal.’
She outlines that, ‘Any plan would have to agree the current withdrawal agreement – it has already been negotiated with the 27 other members, and the EU has repeatedly said that it cannot and will not be reopened.’
‘What we need to focus on is our future relationship with the EU.’ she adds.
On the topic of the future relationship, the Prime Minister explains that she hopes that herself and the Opposition leader can agree on an ‘single unified approach’, that they can take to the House of Commons to approve.
Even if, after today, we don’t know what the end result will be, let us be patient. #Brexit
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) April 2, 2019
If this fails, she hopes that they can find a series of options that can be voted on, ‘to determine which course to pursue.’
If this succeeds, the Prime Minister says the government will bring forward the Withdrawal Agreement bill to be voted on.
This she hopes will be passed before May 22nd, avoiding the European Parliamentary elections.
‘This is a difficult time for everyone. Passions are running high on all sides of the argument. But we can and must find the compromises that will deliver what the British people voted for … This is a decisive moment in the story of these islands. And it requires national unity to deliver the national interest.’