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British politicians to decide Brexit future next week

Conor Trindle
22 Mar 2019, 15:43 GMT+10

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Britain has received a two week extension to its Brexit deadline, however this could become 10 weeks if the EU withdrawal deal is accepted.

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday night to delay the Article 50 process, which means the 29 March 2019 deadline is now off the table.

The EU has agreed to push this to 12 April to allow Britain to get agreement on the withdrawal deal. If the deal is approved, the time for the withdrawal will be extended to 22 May. If it is not, the withdrawal takes place on 12 April.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says parliamentarians now have a "clear choice," when they meet next week for the third time on a crucial Brexit vote.

She said she would now commit her resouirces to getting the deal through.

"I will make every effort to make sure we can leave with a deal and move our country forward," she said Thursday night.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk said at a press conference following May's meeting with EU leaders, all options will remain open and the cliff-edge date will be delayed.

The UK government will still have a choice between a deal, no deal, a long extension or revoking Article 50, Tusk said.

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