"I continue to believe we need to leave the EU with a deal as soon as possible", May told a press conference on the results of her meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk, during which an agreement to extend the Brexit deadline until 31 October was reached. "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 stated.
EU members states and the United Kingdom agreed Thursday upon an extension to the Brexit deadline until 31 October, giving London an additional six months to figure out the best possible way to break the withdrawal impasse, European Council President Donald Tusk, said on Thursday.
However, a further delay in Britain's departure from the EU after the newly agreed deadline looks very unlikely, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told Reuters on Thursday.
May had asked Brussels for a delay until 30 June, but the European Union considered a much longer extension, even though London did not ask for it. The European Union had already given the United Kingdom a Brexit extension until 12 April, but the country's lawmakers failed to agree on the withdrawal arrangements, meaning that London could have crashed out of the bloc without an agreement on Friday.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has advocated giving up access to the EU customs union and using the post-Brexit transition period to agree a UK-EU trade deal that would allow her country to become a global trading nation. Her plan has been rejected three times by Parliament.