The state of Brexit
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At an emergency EU summit in Brussels on 10 April, the EU 27 offered the UK a Brexit extension until the end of October with an assessment in June. Although Theresa May had sought an extension to 30 June, Brexit day has now shifted by another six months. This adds both uncertainty for businesses and leaves the possibility of Britain holding European elections next month open.
Talks between the Conservatives and the Labour Party to break the Brexit deadlock are still ongoing, however, in order to for them to progress, both sides must compromise.
On one hand, the latest extension gives more time for the UK to accept Theresa May’s deal or to find an alternative way forward. On the other hand, businesses perceive this decision as a further enhancement of the current uncertainty. Nevertheless, some asset managers welcome this delay as it gives them more time to plan and prepare for the forecasted disruption due to Brexit.
Even though there is no fixed timeline, it has been widely anticipated that Theresa May will bring her deal to vote before the European elections in May. According to the Financial Times, she is using the talks between her and Jeremy Corbyn as a “political cover” that will give her more time to convince the rest of the MPs to support her deal. The Prime Minister believes that the threat of a softer Brexit and a possible second referendum will help her when the UK Parliament comes back from a recess next week.
In sum, it is beneficial for both Labour and the Conservatives to stall the process and although local and European Parliament elections could possibly bring the stalemate to an end, no progress is expected in the near future.
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