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May 22, 2019: Pivotal deadline arrives for Britain’s EU departure

UNITED KINGDOM - The date is the next key deadline in the Brexit saga. If the British Parliament has not agreed to a deal for its exit from the European Union by this time, Britain will have to contest the European Parliamentary election on the following day. For so-called Brexiteers, that participation is an anathema.

Britain was meant to leave the bloc on Mar 29, but was granted an extension to Apr 12 because the British Parliament failed to agree on an exit deal. When it became clear that the April deadline would arrive without parliamentary agreement, May approached EU leaders with a request for a new extension, and was granted an Oct 31 deadline. It is a flexible date, and Britain will be free to leave before then if she can win a deal at home.

Analysts do not appear to be optimistic about her chance of surviving the Brexit mess as prime minister if Britain is not out of the bloc by May 22 because of increased lobbying by hardline Brexit supporters for her resignation. The mooted possibilities for the next stage in the drama include a Tory leadership contest and snap election.

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