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tv   European Leaders on Brexit Extension  CSPAN  March 25, 2019 12:51am-1:05am EDT

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here i would also remind the honorable lady, she talks about the 2017 general election. also reminder that 80% of the votes cast in that general election -- [shouting] it's no good labour members going like this. 80% of the vote cast in that election were cast for party tested on a manifest on the announcer: on thursday following a meeting with british prime minister theresa may, council president donald tusk and european commission president jean-claude juncker announced eu's leaders had approved a brexit deal until may 22, if british lawmakers approved the new deal within a week. if the deal fails in the british house of commons, the date on sup to april 12, 2019. this is 10 minutes.
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>> good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to this press conference following the article 50 european council on brexit. first, i ask donald tusk to take the floor. mr. tusk: thank you. good evening. as you know, we devoted this european council meeting to brexit. prime minister may repeated her request to extend the article 50 period under the 30th of june, and to approve the so-called agreement. during the discussion among the eu 27, the leaders approached a
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request in a positive spirit. the european council decided to approve the agreement. as regards to the extension, our decision has two denials. the first denial, if there is no agreement passed by the house of commons next week, the european council agrees to an extension until the 22nd of may. the second, if the agreement is not approved by the house of commons next week, the european council agrees to an extension until 12th of april. [laughter] mr. tusk: we are expecting the u.k. to indicate a way forward. what this means in practice is that all options will remain
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open. and the dates will be delayed. the u.k. government will still have a choice between a deal, no deal, a long extension, or revoking article 50. the 12th of april is a key date in terms of the u.k. deciding whether to hold european parliament elections. if it has not decided to do so by then, the option of a long extension will automatically become impossible. as you know, in accordance with the british, the extension must be decided unanimously by the eu 27. this is why i met prime minister may, to ensure the u.k. accepts
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the extension scenarios, and i am pleased to confirm that we have reached an agreement on this. thank you. mr. juncker: ladies and gentlemen, since that day of the referendum, the position of the 27 members is that the condition has been united. we have worked tirelessly to negotiate. we have done everything. we asked for clarifications in december. we gave them. i was asked for further reassurances last monday. notably if we got to the backstop. i gave them. today, the 27 leaders endorsed the legally binding verification of insurances that prime minister may and i agreed to.
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this closes and completes the full package. there is no more we can have. we are hopeful that the agreement will be adopted by the house of commons. whatever happens, we are ready for every eventuality, including the absence of an agreement on brexit, and so-called no deal. we are ready, and we have been ready since 2017. emergency measures are in place, and we are continuing to prepare the 19 legislative proposals to tackle the main problems a hard
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brexit would create, particularly air and road links. commissioners have been to all capitals to discuss national preparations in emergency plans. ladies and gentlemen, this has been a long haul. but we have got to look forward now. the clock is ticking not only for brexit, but for other things, too. we have got to deliver things to the european citizens, 321 legislative proposals have gone through parliament and council since we started in this commission. we have got to move forward. tomorrow, we will be talking about our relations with china. we will be talking about
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industrial policy. we will be talking about our competitiveness. these are important, essential things for europeans. >> thank you very much. i will open the floor for a few questions. should we start right here? >> hello. this is a question for both presidents. how long is a long extension, please? [laughter] >> until the very end. [laughter]
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>> gavin lee at the bbc. a question for both presidents. first of all, can you describe the atmosphere in the room? my understanding is theresa may was actually prepared and surprisingly to some, for no deal, if that is the scenario. most say it if it is no deal that is where it goes. and also, do you feel there is a big risk of kicking the can down the road now? >> it feels much better than expected. better than, for example, in december. not because of the weather, but also because of the mood.
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i can confirm what i felt not only today, but before. it is good will. i know that all of us are aware objectively of how difficult this situation is. the fact that we are able to find not the final solution, of course, but the way at least to ease the process for both sides, i think it was tangible. that we still have it open. , this is my personal view on this. i think it is a good sign.
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i was sad and now i am much more optimistic. >> [speaking foreign language] >> we will take one last question. you said a while ago that there was a special place in hell for those that promoted brexit without a plan. withdrawal agreement is possible at last. if british mps don't vote for it next week, you think that special place in hell should be enlarged to include more members of the house of commons? speech, more may's than 2 million people have
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signed a petition to support the revocation of article 50. would you welcome this? according to our polls, it is still empty. [laughter] >> i think it is the right moment to conclude the press conference. [laughter] >> don't go to hell. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> the house of commons is expected to debate the prime minister's plan this week. watch prime minister's question time as theresa may takes questions on brexit and her domestic issues live wednesday beginning at 8:00 a.m. eastern on c-span two. on monday, discussion on the impact of the immigration policy at the state and local levels.
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