Brussels, Apr 11: UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she was committed to the early UK withdrawal from the European Union with a bilateral agreement. "I continue to believe we need to leave the EU with a deal as soon as possible," May said in a press conference on the results of her meeting with the European Council President, Donald Tusk, during which the Brexit deadline extension until October 31 was agreed.
"During the course of the extension, the European Council is clear that the UK will continue to hold full membership rights as well as its obligations," May argued.
The prime minister also called for a national consensus on the Brexit deal "that is in the national interest."
EU leaders agreed to postpone Brexit until Oct 31 to allow British PM May more time to try to get the UK’s Parliament to approve the country’s divorce deal with the bloc.
"Tonight, the European Council decided to grant the United Kingdom a flexible extension of the article 50 period until the 31st of October. This means an additional six months for the UK. During this time, the course of action will be entirely in the UK's hands," the European Council President, Donald Tusk said after the council meeting in Brussels. The prime minister will give a statement in the House of Commons in the early afternoon. (UNI)