Macron gives his view on possible Brexit extension

British PM Theresa May's Brexit speech has backfired angering MPs and eroding any support she had

Camera Icon British PM Theresa May's Brexit speech has backfired angering MPs and eroding any support she had

Explaining that Mrs May "won't be asking for a long extension" when she writes to the EU, Number 10 said: "There is a case for giving Parliament a bit more time to agree a way forward, but the people of this country have been waiting almost three years now".

On Wednesday evening, she addressed the nationand reiterated her position.

In its simplest form, MPs are deeply concerned the deal - in particular, the backstop - could leave Britain tied to the European Union indefinitely with no say over its rules and no ability to strike trade deals with other countries.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, was also slated to travel to Brussels on Thursday to make the case for an alternative to May's withdrawal plan.

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A deal that delivers on the result of the referendum and is the very best deal negotiable.

"Everyone has to take their own view on what true Brexit is but I think what we've been doing is trying to actually deliver the Brexit we promised the people in a manifesto we had a general election on", said the United Kingdom parliamentarian. The choice we have now is one of resolving this issue or extreme unpredictability.

Earlier, Tusk said a short delay would be an option, but only if the UK Parliament approves May's divorce deal with the bloc before the scheduled March 29 departure date.

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Theresa May has given a statement from No. 10 Downing Street, she told the British public that "I'm on your side" and it is "high time MPs made a decision over Brexit". Prime Minister May's proposal of (a) 30 June (extension), which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a legal and political nature.

"If the Prime Minister can not get changes to her deal, will she give the people a chance to reject the deal and change the government?"

Mrs May faced a backlash after she pitched Parliament against the people in a Downing Street speech, blaming MPs for failing to implement the result of the European Union referendum and telling frustrated voters: "I am on your side".

"You, the public, have had enough", May said.

The EU would be likely to respond by then offering a more lengthy Article 50 extension that would accommodate a referendum - with some polls now appearing to suggest that a small majority could vote to halt Brexit entirely.

The widespread outrage shows how, once again, May's political tactics have backfired.

May's comments sparked immediate speculation that she was ready to resign if her deal was not voted through next week.

Mills said that it wasn't "honorable politics" to divert from what had been promised by the party at the 2017 general election. In response, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that Brexit needs to be completed before 23 May.

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"She's also right that the people expect us to resolve this crisis".

Yesterday, Tusk said that a short extension should be possible, but this would be conditional on a deal being voted through. But May would have to ask for one, and she has so far ruled out a delay beyond June.

"She spent most of her time castigating the House for its misconduct and at no stage did she pause to consider whether it is in fact the way she is leading this government which might be contributing to this situation".

He added that he could have "wept to see her reduced to these straits, and wept to see the extent to which she was now zigzagging all over the place rather than standing up for what the national interest must be".

Many legislators, including some from her own Conservative Party, condemned the tone of her speech.

It came after pro-Brexit ministers spoke out strongly against a longer delay.

He called her approach "unacceptable and reckless".

May asked for a three-month delay to Brexit on Wednesday to buy time to get her twice-rejected departure deal through parliament.

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