Brexit: Theresa May 'hopes' UK will leave EU with a deal
Thursday 21/March/2019 - 06:03 PM
Theresa May has said she "sincerely hopes" the UK will leave the EU with a deal and she is still "working on" ensuring Parliament's agreement.
Arriving in Brussels، she said that she had "personal regret" over her request to delay Brexit، but said it will allow time for MPs to make a "final choice".
At the EU summit she will try to persuade the other 27 countries to delay the UK's exit beyond 29 March.
Meanwhile، Jeremy Corbyn said his talks in Brussels were "very constructive".
On Wednesday، Mrs May made a speech blaming the delay on MPs and telling the nation she was "on their side".
French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that if MPs vote down Mrs May's EU withdrawal agreement next week، the UK will leave without a deal.
"In the case of a negative British vote then we'd be heading to a no deal. We all know it. And it's essential to be clear in these days and moments،" said Mr Macron، as he arrived at the summit.
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that a short Brexit delay "should be conditional on a positive vote next week in the House of Commons".
"We have done our best، now the solution is in London،" he said.
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On her arrival in Brussels، Mrs May said: "A short extension gives us that opportunity to decide to leave the European Union، to deliver on that result of that referendum and I sincerely hope that will be with a negotiated deal."
She added: "I'm still working on ensuring that Parliament can agree a deal so that we can leave in an orderly way."
Earlier، speaking in the German Parliament، Angela Merkel said the EU could meet Mrs May's request to delay Brexit if in the next week there was a "positive vote" on the withdrawal agreement in the UK Parliament.
The German Chancellor said European elections at the end of May would have to be considered during discussions on the suggested extension deadline of 30 June، adding: "But of course we can certainly talk about a short term extension."