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FARAGE BARRAGE: UK's Nigel Farage Launches New Political Party After Brexit Breakdown

Emmanuel Macron talks to the media ahead of a European Council meeting on Brexit Emmanuel Macron talks to the media ahead of a European Council meeting on Brexit Credit Getty Images
Deanna Wagner | 13 April, 2019, 16:13

May's own authority has been gravely compromised by the long Brexit ordeal and she has promised to step down once Britain leaves the bloc - if efforts to get rid of her more quickly do not bear fruit.

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

The Confederation of British Industry said the Brexit extension means an "imminent economic crisis" has been averted for now.

"This is not the normal way of British politics - and it is uncomfortable for many in both the Government and opposition parties", she said.

She said the government was ready to "abide by the decision of the House" if Labour agreed to do so too.

"This is our national duty as elected members of this House - and nothing today is more pressing or more vital", May said in her statement while making an address at the House of Commons.

EU Council President Donald Tusk announced the extension early Thursday.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, who leads a three-party minority coalition that is propped up by a fourth, came out of the meeting telling reporters that the delay to October was "to give a chance to the new thing that has happened in Britain - where for the first time since World War Two they are having consultations across the political divide".

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However, the British Prime Minister argued that the United Kingdom could still leave the EU before October 31 and thus, avoid its participation in the next month's European Parliament elections.

As it stands, the next Brexit cliff-edge is October 31. It could lead to tariffs on trade between Britain and the European Union, customs checks that could cause gridlock at ports and shortages of essential goods.

Mrs May went to Brussels on Wednesday seeking to postpone Brexit after MPs thrice rejected the divorce deal she had struck with the EU.

But Parliament has voted repeatedly to rule out "no-deal", and even passed a law that forces the Government to ask for delay rather than crash out. He also expressed optimism that a deal would be reached at the end of the extension period.

In the interview, Hammond also said that Tory leadership rivals are already jockeying for position to succeed May, but that a Conservative Party leadership election before Brexit concludes would be a mistake: "Starting the leadership process before we have resolved the question would not be helpful, it would look self-indulgent". The proposal is backed by many in Labour and other opposition parties, plus some of May's Conservatives.

If the Brexit process was Britain's first opportunity to flout its prowess as a rational, independent trading nation, capable of holding its own on the global stage, it is a chance that has so far been missed by miles and the sense of frustration among European Union leaders has been palpable.

UKIP did struggle to get enough good people into it but unfortunately what it's chosen to do is allow the far right to join it and effectively take it over and I'm afraid the brand is now tarnished.