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Short extension, long extension, no extension: the Brexit choices facing the EU

News Summed Up 2019-03-14 05:30:00

It is now more or less a political certainty that Brexit day will not be on March 29 2019 even if Theresa May reverses her huge defeat from earlier in the week. Most on the European side are not yet planning for the prime minister to somehow lose her way to victory, or for hardline Brexit-supporting Tories or the DUP to have Damascene conversions in the next two weeks. Even if the miracle happens, as early as March 20 Mrs May will be asking for a short extension until June 30 to clear a Brexit legislative timetable that has been delayed amid the Westminster chaos. Yesterday European ambassadors discussed how the European Union’s 27 governments would respond to a British request for a delay to…