Brexit: May briefs UK lawmakers on extension

British Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament her priority remained to deliver Brexit as she updated lawmakers on April 11 on an EU Council meeting that agreed an October 31st extension to Britain's withdrawal from the bloc.

May said discussions at the EU Council had been difficult and that EU leaders shared the UK's frustration at the Brexit impasse.

May expressed hope that lawmakers could pass a deal by May 22 to avoid having to hold European elections.

"Reaching an agreement will not be easy because to be successful it will require both sides to make compromises," she said.

"But however challenging it may be politically I profoundly believe that in this unique situation where the House is deadlocked, it is incumbent on both front benches to seek to work together to deliver what the British people voted for."

May said she would seek to return the withdrawal deal to the House if it consented to it, saying it was a necessary element of any deal "whichever course we take."

She said any agreement on the future relationship "may involve a number of additions and clarifications to the political declaration" a course of action which the EU council had agreed to.

The council, May added, also reiterated that the withdrawal agreement itself could not be reopened.

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