5 suggested new Brexit dates, 5 sets of problems

On March 28, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May, signed the official letter to European Council President Donald Tusk invoking Article 50 and the United Kingdom's intention to leave the EU | Christopher Furlong — WPA Pool/Getty Images

5 suggested new Brexit dates, 5 sets of problems

Brexit might not take place in the foreseeable future. But when exactly will it happen?


4/10/19, 4:30 PM CET

Updated 4/10/19, 7:52 PM CET

In an attempt to convince the House of Commons to vote for the Withdrawal Agreement, the EU tried to scare Britain about the looming no deal and insisted time and again how much more prepared Brussels was than London.

Then EU leaders said that in order to get an extension, Theresa May had to come up with a plan by the special European Council summit on Wednesday evening. No plan = no-deal Brexit.

Now the moment to potentially shove the U.K. over the Brexit cliff has arrived, and it looks all but certain that EU leaders will step back. The new reality is a long extension and a transition — in other words, Brexit might not happen in the foreseeable future.

Draft summit conclusions discussed by EU27 ambassadors Tuesday night, and seen by POLITICO, did not set a date for the length of the extension. That will be decided by the EU leaders. Here are five possible dates discussed in the meeting, according to four participants, with pros and cons for each:

May 22: That’s the earliest, cleanest,

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