Even after being declared the best-supported proposal in the history of the House of Commons and Government’s e-petitions website, the controversial Article 50 that saw the millions match in the streets of London in peaceful demonstrations prompting over five million signatures petition calling for Brexit to be stopped, UK government rejected the petition.
Article 50 outlines the steps to be taken by a country seeking to leave the European Union (EU) voluntarily, a statement that has Prime Minister Theresa May on the fireline with MPs. This back and forth game, caused by UK government undecisive nature has made EU agreed to a “flexible extension” of Brexit until 31 October, according to European Council president Donald Tusk.
May had earlier told leaders she wanted to move the UK’s exit date from this Friday to 30 June, with the option of leaving earlier if her withdrawal agreement was ratified by Parliament. She insisted that UK would still aim to leave the EU as soon as possible.
“I know that there is huge frustration from many people that I had to request this extension. The UK should have left the EU by now and I sincerely regret the fact that I have not yet been able to persuade Parliament to approve a deal,” she said
She added that nothing is more pressing or more vital and that UK will continue to hold full membership rights and obligations EU during the delay.
“I do not pretend the next few weeks will be easy, or there is a simple way to break the deadlock in Parliament. But we have a duty as politicians to find a way to fulfill the democratic decision of the referendum, deliver Brexit and move our country forward.
After five hours of talks at an EU summit in Brussels, Mr. Tusk said his message to British friends was “please do not waste this time” and that the UK could also rethink its strategy or choose to “cancel Brexit altogether”
” The course of action will be entirely in the UK’s hands: they can still ratify the withdrawal agreement, in which case the extension can be terminated,” he said.