European parliament elections will go ahead in Britain

Erika Holt
May 11, 2019

He said the British government would try to make the delay "as short as possible".

He states a solution would be one that takes Britain from the political institutions of the European Union but retains close ties.

Labour follows most closely behind at 21 percent, and the Conservatives sitting significantly lower at 13 percent.

Following their gains in last week's local polls in Britain, the leaders of the Green Party urged voters to say "Yes to Europe, No to climate change".

Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers, is understood to have made clear their frustration last night.

The UK PM's preferred option is to agree a deal with Labour that can be written into a Withdrawal Agreement Bill - the legislation needed for Britain to leave the EU with a deal - which would then be put to a vote by 22 May, before European elections.

The prime minister has promised to quit as Tory leader when the first phase of Brexit negotiations, dealing with divorce terms, is complete.

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Earlier on Wednesday, May was confronted in the House of Commons by a Brexit-backing Conservative MP, Andrea Jenkyns, who said: "The public no longer trust her to run Brexit negotiations".

She continued: "It will tell us that the two-party system on this issue is completely broken".

Talks between the Government and Labour on breaking the Brexit deadlock continued with little sign of substantive progress.

The full-frontal assault at Prime Minister's Questions came as pressure increased on Mrs May to name a date for her departure, while cross-party Brexit talks with Labour dragged on without a conclusion.

If their talks fail, May has pledged to allow the parliament to decide on a new strategy in a series of votes.

However, Britain will now participate in the elections following Theresa May's decision to extend Article 50 - the mechanism that allows the United Kingdom to leave the European Union - until October. Or 51, if ratification happens in time for the United Kingdom to leave on June 30 and avoid the need for MEPs to take up their seats. Downing Street, meanwhile, said its aim is that the UK's MEPs never have to take up their seats.

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