LONDON (Reuters) – When the European Union agreed in April to extend the date of Britain’s exit from the bloc for a second time, European Council President Donald Tusk pleaded: “Don’t waste this time”.
More than a month has passed and little progress has been made to break the Brexit impasse.
Talks between the government and the opposition Labour Party failed, parliament remains deadlocked and Prime Minister Theresa May, who is likely to have only weeks left in power, plans a fourth attempt to get her Brexit deal approved.
So what is due to happen between now and Britain’s scheduled departure from the EU on Oct. 31:
RECESS, MAY 23-JUNE 4
Parliament breaks for the Whitsun recess on May 23 and does not return until June 4. The government could publish the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the legislation that enacts May’s Brexit deal, before that break.
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S VISIT, JUNE 3-5
FILE PHOTO: Theresa May and Donald Trump walk to a joint news conference at Chequers, July 13, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump is due to make a state visit to Britain. The trip will include a meeting with May and a ceremony in Portsmouth on the southern English coast to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France during World War Two.
DEBATE AND VOTE ON BREXIT LEGISLATION, JUNE 4-7
Lawmakers will get to debate and vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week of June 3. Parliament returns from recess on June 4 so this is the earliest day the vote could be held.
MAY MEETS 1922 COMMITTEE, WEEK OF JUNE 3 OR JUNE 10?
FILE PHOTO: Graham Brady,