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the loyalty their rules and principles. —— good experiences with theresa may's government. there is no kind of intention to establish a new format for member states and article 50 and the united kingdom will remain during the whole process a full memberof will remain during the whole process a full member of the your panic again. with all other obligations and the rights and the voting rights. —— a full member of the european union. 0ur rights. —— a full member of the european union. our intention was to have some political government this integration that the uk will not use any kind of political vikings or
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tricks to... —— political blocking is. to be distracted or to stop our work or use this possibly political instrument to implement something. i really trust what theresa may declared today. i have no doubt the terms are sincere declared today. i have no doubt the terms are sincere and treated serious. the reference to the corporation is in reference to the basic principle of the treaty. which are governing are living together andi are governing are living together and i trust theresa may that united kingdom will not step away from the treaty they have two co—operate with the government. i know that in parts of europe and
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sometimes in britain too, there is this idea that britain could walk in the next coming years decisions of the next coming years decisions of the european union. we had heard voices coming from britain that britain wants to be a very different partner of the others. that is nothing new. laughter . the other point is that we should d dramatised this issue because the next big decisions we have to make, the appointment of the president of the appointment of the president of the european council, the european commission, and others can be dealt with with a majority even trade treaties have to be dealt with and can be dealt with and must be dealt with by a qualified majority there are some possibilities for britain to block but they are very, very
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limited. i wanted just to add this to the remarks of the president. we are united enough to have a common vision. and unity does not mean that we always coming i mean all 27 or 28 are on we always coming i mean all 27 or 28 are on the same position. but we are always able to find a compromise and this was that case. we will have a brexit with a deal. i would have preferred a deal without brexit. still much easier to build a majority here under unity then out of it as you mention. i will repeat myself by saying that the sphinx is an open burke —— book to the british
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parliament. thank you, this includes the press conference. goodbye. —— concludes a press conference. that you have it, the thoughts of jean—claude juncker and donald tusk bringing to an end a very long evening here in brussels. a disagreement among the 27 over how long this extension should be and in the end, what we probably got here isa the end, what we probably got here is a fudge that probably suits all sides but does not really satisfy anybody in particular. a couple of things to pull out of that press conference. first and foremost, the date in june will only conference. first and foremost, the date injune will only be an occasion or staging post to review the progress that has taken place in westminster. donald tusk said it is entirely up to the uk as how it is perceived and deal with the withdrawal agreement. they can either ratify, leave the extension oi’ either ratify, leave the extension or rethink the brexit strategy if
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they want. they can revoke article 50, they have the time to do that. up 50, they have the time to do that. up to october 31. he dodged a question as to whether this is the final extension or whether it can be renewed. under the terms of article 50 as we have been discussing this evening, if there is unanimity among the 28, they can keep going this ball but the frustration will grow as and when they get close to october and if there is known —— no progress in the uk parliament. we also had this description of sincere cooperation. you may be aware that the likes ofjp reese mark, that if the likes ofjp reese mark, that if the —— jacob rees—mogg, the likes ofjp reese mark, that if the ——jacob rees—mogg, that if the likes ofjp reese mark, that if the —— jacob rees—mogg, that if they are kept in the european union in against the will of the euro sceptics, perhaps the next trimester would be a difficult customer and block some —— the next trimester would block decisions jean—claude
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juncker says that they do not think they will act like a truculent partner and no intention to do that. they expect the uk site to hold up the rules and in the meantime up until october the 31st, they will maintain all the rights that they have as members of the european union. it is possible they will elect meps in may and of course they will have their voting rights within the european council and they will ta ke the european council and they will take part in some of the decisions that the european union takes along the way. so they will act as a full member and that is not the way the french side wanted. they wanted some limits as to what impact the uk had. asa limits as to what impact the uk had. as a final thing to say on what donald tusk had to say there at the end was "don't waste the time". they have given the uk six months and they're hoping in that time the process that theresa may has set out tonight and she spend one hour talking to the 27 l, they are hoping that process will deliver something
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tangible because at the moment i think they are frustrated with the process. there is no majority in the house of commons for anyway forward and they are urging the uk side now to get serious and find a way forward in the coming months. in that context, we are not likely hear from theresa may. usually she appears within half an hour of two leaders having spoken addressing journalists first and then we will get thoughts of other european leaders along the way. it will be interesting to see what theresa may says about the extension and how she will sell it at home because what she had requested, that extension to june 30, and that we have a new date which is october 31. christian fraser in brussels, a long night in brussels. we will continue of course because we are expecting theresa may as you say. some winds coming in from other politicians. the dutch
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prime minister saying that not likely brexit will happen before june 30 which is interesting because asa june 30 which is interesting because as a christian was saying there, theresa may had requested that delay to be untiljune 30 but the dutch payments are saying it's not likely that brexit will happen beforejune the 30th. -- that brexit will happen beforejune the 30th. —— the dutch prime minister. and what was also interesting we heard our own chris morris during that press conference act about the effectiveness of this breasted extension and donald tusk said he expected it to be a little longer but chris morris asking about as katya adler said, this fudge, 3ist as katya adler said, this fudge, 31st of october, donald tusk said "it is better to have a piece of something than all of nothing". so as katya was saying, a little bit of as katya was saying, a little bit of a fudge they're christian but ultimately we await theresa may to get her response to this. but we believe is donald tusk was saying that she has accepted this
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extension. and what we have seen through the course of the day is just how little leverage the uk side have because she made this 27 —— this presentation to the 27 leaders and by all accounts this was a much better presentation then she made in march. there was details and precedent set out and there was negotiation going on between conservatives and labour party. so she has tried to find some copper mines although the labour site said that she has not crossed any of the red lines she set out. but there is something that she can point to as a way forward. but then she left the room and was out of the room for five hours while the other 27 leaders discussed it among themselves and then she was summoned back here to sit in a room with donald tusk and the conditions they we re donald tusk and the conditions they were agreed were explained to the british prime minister and it was a sort of take it or leave it offer. in the end, she did not have much off —— option unless she was when to
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ta ke off —— option unless she was when to take the european union out of the uk -- uk take the european union out of the uk —— uk union —— the united kingdom out of the european union with no deal on friday. there is a podium being set up in the pressroom or theresa may is expected. they put the flags out so that could be imminent because i am sure after a long night waiting in the sidelines, the british prime minister is hoping to get back to the uk as quickly as possible. and tomorrow we understand those negotiations with labour will continue. but she will have some difficult questions to answer tonight because three weeks ago in the house of commons, she said she did not want to take breaks at beyond the 30th ofjune and of course, now we have this new date of october 31. june only a staging post along the way to a much longer attention and there are many of her backbenchers who are going to find that rather uncomfortable, particularly if it seems like we know that the uk takes part in those european elections. it will be very
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interesting to see what happens towards the end of may during those elections. we are just getting a line from emmanuel macron who is saying that there were different views but "we reach a compromise. " and we know that president macron was wanting a much shorter extension and arguably wanted to punish the uk but also any way to play in the hands of theresa may. but the 17 leaders who wanted that longer extension reaching that compromise for the 31st of october. and once again, we are following the dates of the eu, aren't we? yes, it is halloween and we have a laugh about it but on the first of november, we have the new commission group coming in so it is still sticking through eu dates. yes and when you listen to donald tusk, there is a hope that something can come of these negotiations with labour although there is not much confidence in it, is there? he said he is too old and
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the tooth to know that there could be another problem wrong the way and thenjean—claude be another problem wrong the way and then jean—claude juncker making the point that in fact his presidency ends on october 31 so if we are back here on that date, he was making a joke that he would have to leave the room at midnight and on town are headed over to his successor. and he is saying that things will be much clearer before october the 31st. that period they created is enough breathing space for the uk to look at how the negotiation might go in the next two or three weeks. is there something in this negotiation with labour whistling if not then theresa may has set out a plan going forward. she will put all of those alternatives, the customs union, the norway plus option, the free trade union, the article 50 revulsion, a second referendum, however you want to describe it... all of those options will be put to the uk parliament. and then she said the uk government will abide by whatever
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they agree to. the only unknown about all that process is how long she is going to give those talks with labour and as we understand it from the number ten briefing that we had to she is not putting any time limit on that at the moment. she has more time now, time that donald tusk is urging herto more time now, time that donald tusk is urging her to use wisely. so i would expect coming back to the thought of october 31 that by the end of may, we will know pretty much where these negotiations are going to go. we would know what will happen with the conservative leadership, there is likely to be a challenge along the way. by the rules of the conservative party, they can't get her out of office until the end of the year. so, she could be in position still for that summit in october and maybe still coming back to the european council to look for another extension, who knows. but it certainly gives everybody some breathing space and i think that will be some relief to
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those within the european council who wants the uk to just take a step back and work out whether the political process is working and whether they indeed want to look at an alternative way forward, a general election or indeed a second referendum. chris morris hasjust joined me. he was in that press conference and we heard you asked the question, chris, as to whether this really did suit anybody. a longer extension means that they will be talking about this for the next few months and a shorter extension really as been ruled out and it seems thatjune is just a staging post. here is theresa may.|j just met with donald tusk the president of the european council where i agree to an extension of the present props us to the end of october at the latest. i continue to believe we need to be the eu with a deal as soon as possible. vitally, the eu have agreed that the extension can be terminated when the withdrawal agreement has been
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ratified which was my key request of my fellow leaders. for example, this means that if we are able to pass a deal in the first three weeks of may, we will not have to take part in european elections and will officially leave the eu on saturday the first of june. officially leave the eu on saturday the first ofjune. during the course of the extension the european council is clear that the uk will continue to hold full mentorship rates as well as its obligations. as isaid in rates as well as its obligations. as i said in the room tonight, there is only a single tear of eu membership with no conditionality attached beyond existing treaty obligations. let me conclude by saying this, i know that there is huge frustration from many people at 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 parliaments to approve a deal which would allow the uk to leave in a smooth and orderly way. but the choices we now face are stark and the timetable is clear. so we must now press on and a pace with our
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