Brexit extended until 31 October

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Hammond said about six months would be needed to hold a referendum, so if parliament voted in a couple of months' time to make one a condition of approving a Brexit deal, there would be no time before Britain is due to leave the European Union on Oct 31.

(L-R) President of the European Council Donald Tusk, British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a round table meeting on April 10, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

May has previously said she will resign when her Brexit deal is passed by Parliament, but that pledge failed to get the bill over the line at the third attempt and the exact date of her departure remains unclear.

He further added it would be "unforgivable" for Labour to avoid another referendum on European Union membership, and warned against pushing through a Brexit deal that ends freedom of movement and removes single market access.

But pro-Brexit and pro-EU parties are eager to run in a contest seen by many as a way to express their strongly divergent views on the EU. He added that the European elections in May would be the party's "first step" in doing this.

Even though May technically has until October 31, other dates before then could play into the UK's departure.

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In his launch speech, Mr Farage said the campaign marked the start of a fightback against a political class which had betrayed the Brexit referendum result.

The sharper shift to the far-right of Farage's former party came past year with the presidency of Batten, who allied himself with former EDL leader Tommy Robinson after taking over the leadership from Henry Bolton in April.

"I never wanted to seek this extension", Mrs May said.

One of his backers was Annunziata Rees-Mogg, sister of leading eurosceptic Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has campaigned for a clean break with the EU.

Farage said the newly-formed Brexit Party is expected to have around 70 candidates taking part in the election.

The Labour leader said the second Brexit extension in the space of a fortnight represents "not only a diplomatic failure, but is another milestone in the Government's mishandling of the entire Brexit process".

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Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay admitted last week that "asking the public to hold elections for an organisation we are meant to have left would damage trust in politics".

Mr Farage's Brexit Party has set up a website at www.thebrexitparty.org, where internet users can find information about the new group and sign up to support or make donations.

However she acknowledged that reaching agreement in talks with Labour "will not be easy" as it would require compromise on both sides, but said that it was in the "national interest" that they should try.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was just one of five European leaders who opposed a long extension to Brexit, according to a report on the French influential newspaper Le Monde.

It nearly doesn't matter what that is - a cross-party deal that allows a Brexit deal to pass, a second referendum to break the deadlock, a general election that finally sees off May.

Addressing British lawmakers in parliament Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May renewed calls for compromise.

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May said she was satisfied with the flexible extension to October 31, which keeps alive her hope the United Kingdom might leave by June 30.

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