European Union avoids Brexit crash, sets new date for 12 April

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The European Union on Thursday has grudgingly agreed to allow Britain to delay its exit from the EU, which was set to happen March 29 if no deal was approved.

But it also creates a breathing space of a fortnight if Mrs May reaches the end of next week without securing agreement for her package - or if Speaker John Bercow prevents her from tabling a motion which he regards as a repeat of those already defeated by 230 votes in January and 149 votes last week.

May's appeal to the heads of state and government was described by sources as "90 minutes of nothing".

Brexit revoke Article 50: Petition signed by MILLIONS overnight - will it be debated in Parliament?

Last night I expressed my frustration.

"When a senior police officer tells your partner that if it was his wife in the situation that I am in he would say "I am frightened for her safety" I think that tells you everything".

In the meantime, people are taking matters into their own hands, as a petition requesting to cancel Article 50 has now hit more than two million signatures.

Arriving for a second day of a summit dominated by talks over Britain's departure, Belgium's prime minister said he hoped for a "rational" decision by British lawmakers to back the withdrawal treaty that May concluded with Brussels.

European Council President Donald Tusk said the United Kingdom has until the April 12th to decide whether or not it wishes to take part in the European Parliament elections that take place towards the end of May.

Underscoring the sense of dread gripping the nation, one of Britain's biggest business lobbies and a major trade union federation said in a rare joint appeal that the "country is facing a national emergency".

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"What matters is that we recognize that Brexit is the decision of the British people".

Leave-backing Stewart Jackson, who was David Davis's chief of staff when he was Brexit secretary, said she should "stand down immediately" if she loses next week's vote. But EU officials said it could also agree a date with the EU to leave later, deal or no deal.

Users were quick to share the petition, with celebrities and MPs tweeting their support for Parliament to revoke the Treaty of Lisbon clause that deals with leaving the EU.

"We will do everything in the remaining, admittedly few, days to achieve an orderly, joint solution".

The Parliament petition entitled "Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU" has now reached almost 2.5 million signatures.

"The choice that we have now is one of resolving this issue or extreme unpredictability", he warned.

"What is important is that Parliament delivers on the result of the referendum and that we deliver Brexit for the British people", Mrs May said on arrival at the summit.

"People who perhaps have voted for the deal will be thinking 'well, why am I going to help this process out?'"

Theresa May has conceded MPs are as frustrated by the Brexit process as she is after yesterday's accusatory Number 10 speech sparked fury in the Commons.

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