Amid calls for resignation, Theresa May says Brexit a ‘national duty’

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"Nothing is more pressing or more vital".

While May now has until October 31 to find backing for her unloved Brexit withdrawal deal, Britain could still leave earlier if talks with the country's opposition Labour Party find a compromise that can win a majority in Parliament.

"The clock has run down and Britain has been left in limbo", he said.

"Perseverance is a virtue but sheer obstinacy is not", said eurosceptic Conservative Member of Parliament Mark Francois.

Many leaders said they were inclined to grant a Brexit delay, though Mr Macron had reservations after hearing Mrs May speak.

But British lawmakers have rejected her divorce deal three times, and attempts to forge a compromise with her political opponents have yet to bear fruit.

March 29 was that the date etched in law for through Brexit.

"He said the European Union was giving Britain six more months" to find the very best possible alternative" for its Brexit impasse.

The EU summit conclusions say Britain must "refrain from any measure" that jeopardizes key EU projects - a condition aimed at preventing Britain from exercising its veto power over initiatives in Brussels during the extension period.

European Commission Secretary General Martin Selmayr coined a new Twitter tag: #29MarchMeans12AprilMeans31Oct - a quip on how Britain had been due to leave the EU last month, then got a reprieve recess until Friday and now a new delay, months longer than London had sought.

The European Union and British Prime Minister Theresa May have agreed to delay Brexit once again - this time until the end of October.

The extension at least provides more time for May to break the logjam, though it could easily just prolong the national agony.

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After the summit, Macron said he "took responsibility" for blocking a longer delay.

On April 9, May visited Paris and Berlin to discuss the situation with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Two weeks before Britain was due to depart the European Union, its own leaders spent a dinner meeting wrangling over whether to rescue Britain from a precipitous and potentially calamitous Brexit, or to provide the foot-dragging departing nation a shove over the border.

Over an informal lunch of sausage and sausage rolls Tuesday after additional talks, the two sides said they'd resume their discussions after Wednesday's summit. Labour favors a Brexit that is softer than the government wishes to retain a close financial relationship with the bloc, and has suggested.

She has limited support within her own party, which is increasingly focussed on who her successor might be.

"If the government is serious, the red lines must move and we must see a real compromise", he said.

Senior British sources indicated that the PM meant to stand by her promise to the Tory 1922 Committee of backbenchers to stand down once the first phase of Brexit negotiations are complete. The Confederation of British Industry said it meant an "imminent economic crisis" had been averted for now.

In the working-class port town of Tilbury east of London, which strongly backed leaving the European Union in the 2016 referendum, Brexit supporters voiced their frustration at the new delay.

Theresa May is preparing one final attempt to win backing for her Brexit blueprint to avoid the United Kingdom being forced to vote in next month's elections to the European Parliament. But lawmakers have done that before - and ended up rejecting everything on offer.

Politicians stated the next few months should be utilized to hold a new referendum on stay or whether to depart from EU.

'We want out. I can't wait to leave'.

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, tweeted that Britain's choices were "revoke, a public vote or a sensible cross-party deal".


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