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Brexit negotiations fail: UK to take part in EU elections

May 8, 2019 11:23 A.M. (Updated: May 10, 2019 2:38 P.M.)
LONDON (Ma'an) -- The United Kingdom will have to take part in European Parliament elections on May 23rd as there is not enough time left to pass a Brexit deal ratified by parliament before then, according to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s de facto deputy, on Tuesday.

According to Reuters news outlet, although May hoped to avoid taking part in the European Parliament elections, however, talks with the opposition Labor Party aimed at finding a way forward on the Brexit deal have not succeeded in breaking the deadlock.

David Lidington said, “It is regrettably not going to be possible to finish that process before the date that is legally due for the European parliamentary elections. So those will now go ahead.”

Lidington said that the UK government would be redoubling their efforts to try to make sure that the delay afterwards is “as short as possible.”

He added, “Ideally we would like to be in a situation where those MEPs from the UK never actually take their seats in the European parliament, certainly to get this done and dusted by the summer recess.”

The UK can leave the bloc earlier, nevertheless, if it has not left by May 23rd, it is legally obliged to take part in the EU-wide elections and to send MEPs to Brussels.

If all fails, the UK government hopes to pass a Brexit deal by July 2nd 2019.

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