Brexit delayed until Halloween

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Theresa May has agreed a delay to Brexit until October 31, Halloween, after EU leaders offered another extension to Article 50 at a late-night Brussels summit.

EU leaders decided to give the British prime minister an extra six-and-a-half-month period in which to break the Brexit deadlock at Westminster.

European Council President Donald Tusk warned the UK: “Please do not waste this time.”

PM Theresay May acknowledged in a press conference “huge frustration from many people” that she had to ask for another delay, which follows three defeats in parliament for her withdrawal agreement.

May will explain the latest delay to Brexit to the House of Commons later, while the government will also continue cross-party talks with Labour aimed at reaching a compromise Brexit deal.

“The UK should have left the EU by now and I sincerely regret the fact that I have not yet been able to persuade parliament to approve a deal which would allow the UK to leave in a smooth and orderly way,” May argued.

“But the choices we now face are stark and the timetable is clear. So we must now press on at pace with our efforts to reach a consensus on a deal that is in the national interest,” she added.

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