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Agreement at the EU summit: Brexit moved to the end of October

The Brexit has moved again – this time for much longer. The EU and the British Prime Minister May have agreed on the 31. October as a new leaving date. Not all EU States were in favour of such a long delay.

The Brexit has a new date: The 27 members of the EU and the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, agreed on a postponement to 31. October. The stated EU Council President Donald Tusk on Twitter: "This gives the United Kingdom a further six months, in order to find the best possible solution."

this is the second Time that the Britain to leave the EU is postponed. Actually, the Brexit for the 28. March had been planned, then the date was on the 12. April misplaced. The current leaving date is flexible, - said Tusk. This means that the UK may escape even more from the EU, should agree to the British Parliament the Brexit Deal.

Tusk made it clear that Britain was on the train. "In this time, the process will be completely in the hands of the United Kingdom," said Tusk after the special summit. The UK could vote in favour of the Brexit Deal, his strategy rethink, or from the planned to exit the EU. The newly acquired well over six months should not be wasted, called Tusk.

period is a compromise between the EU-members

Actually, May have had a delay of up to 30. June requested. She had, however, already before the beginning of the summit, open to a broader shift.

The new exit date is a compromise between the various Camps within the EU: On the one hand, the proponents of a long suspension, even for a period of time until the end of 2020 had been in the conversation. Among the proponents of a longer postponement, including Germany.

France pleaded against long postponement

The opposite of the opponent a long period of time – above all, France had used in the debate for a short period of time and for a Brexit on the 30. June calls, so how May actually had proposed.

Too big for the French President, Emmanuel Macron, the risk that the UK could be due to the longer retention in the EU the policy block. Him serious guarantees" that it won't come to that were missing ". For example, by British members could try to influence the election of a new Commission, the heads of negative, or in the new budget of the EU to interfere.

Brexit as a possible model for "Frexit"

The strategy of the French President, had been from the point of view of the ARD correspondent Markus Preiß expected. Reason: In the forthcoming EU elections, sees Macron with the extreme right Marine Le Pen, Head of the Rassemblement National and formerly at the helm of the National Front, in surveys, strong opponent. Le Pen looks in a Brexit a possible model for France, for a "Frexit" so to speak. And the tried Macron with a hard line against great Britain to counteract.

Threatens to May new Trouble in London?

The long delay could give the British Prime Minister in London but the new against the wind. EU-opponents of the long struggle to the Brexit as a disgrace, says ARD-correspondent, Mareike Aden. And participation in the EU election would be a scandal.

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