short delay to Brexit is possible, but will be conditional on the House of Commons passing the Withdrawal Agreement.
“The question remains open as to the duration of such an extension,” Tusk, the President of the European Council, said.
Tusk said he spoke to Theresa May on the phone earlier this afternoon.
“May’s proposal of the 30 June, which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a leg
al and political nature,” he added. “Leaders will discuss this tomorrow.”1 hr agoDona
ld Tusk speaking nowThe President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, is giving a press conference in Brussels.
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MPs surprised by “downright reckless” strategy, Starmer says
dow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has opened the emergency debate into the Brexit delay by quoting Ther
esa May’s de facto deputy David Lidington, who said last week that if May’s divorce deal was not passed by parl
iament, seeking “a short and, critically, one-off extension would be downright reckless.”
Starmer says those statements led MPs to believe that May would reques
t a long extension if she hadn’t passed her plan — but May has asked for a delay only until June 30.
He adds that the confusion is symptomatic of May’s Brexit strategy to date — to “put parliament as far away as possible from the process.”
President Donald Trump escalated his public feud with the spouse of a top adviser Wednesda
y, attacking counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway’s husband George as “jealous” and a “husband from hell.”
“George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that
I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted,” Trump tweeted, referring to a post at the Justi
ce Department. Conway, a conservative lawyer, withdrew from consideration for the role early in Trump’s presidency.
Trump continued, “I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”
Wednesday’s tweet marks the first time Trump has publicly weighed in on the Conways’ marriage. While George Conway has
long been critical of Trump, attacks between the two ratcheted up this week when Conway questioned Trump’s men
tal health, tweeting screengrabs of the medical definitions of narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial pers
onality disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
“*All* Americans should be thinking seriously *now* about Trump’s mental condition and psychological state, inclu
ding and especially the media, Congress—and the Vice President and Cabinet,” he wrote Monday.
Agreement. This is where the prospect of a lengthy delay plays into the thinking of some.
A long delay presents the UK, potentially, with a choice. If it is to take part in the European elections, then it must legislate to do so before April 11. In that scenario, the
EU could propose a longish delay of around two years, with a fixed end point, but with a neat get-out clause. Were the Hous
e of Commons to approve May’s Brexit deal within that period, the UK would flip out of the EU and the Article 50 ex
tension would be reincarnated as the two-year transition, as per the current Withdrawal Agreement.
If that all sounds a little fiddly, here it is in simpler language. UK lawmakers would be presented with a choice of voti
ng to leave the EU with a deal that they may not love, or remain as a full member state and what that leads to is any
one’s guess: A general election, another referendum — take your pick of undesirable outcomes.
All of this was complicated further on Monday, when the Speaker of the House of Commons lobbed in a constitutional hand g
renade. John Bercow pronounced that Theresa May could not bring her Brexit deal back for a new vote in Parl
iament without the question being asked sufficiently differently from the one defeated last week.