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6,000 No-Deal Brexit Staff to Be Stood Down

6,000 No-Deal Brexit Staff to Be Stood Down

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "There will probably be a European election in the United Kingdom - that might seem a bit odd, but rules are rules and we must respect European law and then we will see what happens".

To be sure, the political price Britain would have to pay for any further recess would spike, the sources said, and it is by far not a foregone conclusion that all the 27 states staying on together after Brexit would endorse another extension.

The European Council agreed to a six-month extension of the Brexit process early on Thursday morning, setting a new deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on October 31, 2019.

She took a pointed dig at Conservative rivals, such as anti-EU campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg, who say Britain could block and veto legislation to hobble the European Union if it were not able to leave immediately, according to one participant in the summit.

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with the media as he leaves the building at the conclusion of an European Union summit in Brussels, Thursday, April 11, 2019.

"We have heard voices coming from Britain that Britain wants to be a very hard partner for the others", Juncker said after the summit, alluding to prominent hard-line euroskeptics in May's Conservative Party.

But he moved on to attack Mrs May over local council funding, claiming nine of the 10 most deprived council areas in the country had seen cuts nearly three times the average of any other council.

The former U.K. Independence Party leader said delays to Brexit were "a willful betrayal of the greatest democratic exercise in the history of this nation". She also said that if the two parties could not come to a "single unified approach" they would instead "agree a number of options for the future relationship that we could put to the house in a series of votes to determine which course to pursue".

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"I continue to believe we need to leave the EU with a deal as soon as possible", May told a press conference on the results of her meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk, during which an agreement to extend the Brexit deadline until 31 October was reached.

May noted that talks between her party and the opposition Labour party are "serious, detailed and ongoing", adding that "there is actually more agreement" between the two sides on a post-Brexit plan.

Unable to convince enough of her Conservatives and their Northern Irish allies to back the deal, May last week made a decision to try finding a compromise with the main opposition Labour Party.

While a substantial section of the euro-sceptics want May gone, they are hamstrung by the fact that she won a vote of no-confidence last December.

The prime minister announced last Tuesday that she wanted to meet Labour to "break the logjam".

"We're giving them a very long time to take a decision", he said.

As to the symbolic end date? Henry Smith complained about the cost of Brexit payments to the European Union, and David Duguid offered an easy hit for the PM about leaving the Commons Fisheries Policy.

"As I learned this evening, Halloween is not a holiday widely celebrated across the European Union", Varadkar said.