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Date created : 08/04/2019 – 20:16

The British government said Monday it had taken the necessary steps required by law to participate in European parliament elections on May 26 but said it did not intend to hold them as Britain should have left the EU by then.

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A spokeswoman said the formal “day of poll order” had been submitted to parliament, but added: “It remains the government’s intention to leave the EU with a deal and pass the necessary legislation before 22 May so that we do not need to participate.”

Britain is due to leave the EU on Friday, April 12, but Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the EU for a further delay to Britain’s exit date while she seeks to reach a compromise with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party to get her Brexit deal passed. 

May heads to Berlin and Paris on Tuesday to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron and will be phoning other leaders before setting out the case for another delay at Wednesday’s emergency EU summit in Brussels.

Brexit might ‘never happen”, says May

Nearly three years after the United Kingdom shocked the world by voting by 52 percent to 48 to leave the EU, May warned that Brexit might never happen but said that she would do everything possible to make sure it did.

“We have been in touch with the opposition today and technical talks between officials will take place this evening,” a spokesman for May said.

Labour’s Brexit point man, Keir Starmer, said earlier that May’s government had so far not shifted from its red lines on Brexit and so no way forward had been agreed.

“Both us and the government have approached this in the spirit of trying to find a way forward. We haven’t found that yet. We will continue to do that,” Starmer said.

The government’s leader in parliament set out plans to hold a 90-minute debate on Tuesday on the request for a delay to Brexit in order to comply with legislation expected to pass into law later on Monday that is currently under discussion in parliament’s upper chamber. House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said that if it is approved, the government would later on Monday set out the statement which will be debated.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS and AFP)