"This morning, many hours after the leaders of the European Union sat down to dinner to discuss its most troublesome member an agreement was reached on what to do next tonight's. There will be on account of decided to grant stay United Kingdom of flexible extension of the article fifty period under the. The festival European Council. President Donald tusk pulled Britain back from a cliff edge averting, a default, no deal Brexit tomorrow. But the change in timeline came with a plea this extension this s flexible as Sykes -pected and solidified shotted the knife Specht about the still enough to find the best possible option. Do not waste this time. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa may hadn't been invited to the dinner. Instead she ate humble pie. Coming back to Brussels once again without a consensus on how to leave the EU nearly three years after Brits voted out. Let me conclude by saying this, I know that there is a huge frustration from many people that I had to request this extension. The UK should have left the EU by now and I sincerely regrets. The fact that I have not yet been able to persuade parliament to approve a deal which would allow the UK to leave in a smooth and orderly way. But the choices we now face are stark and the timetable is clear. That frustration had been all too evidence over the course of the evening. The big gap was between Angola Merckel of Germany who had most of the other leaders gathered around her and a minority around Emmanuel Macron, France, Germany, cliff rights, Charlemagne, our call him about European politics. He's been watching all of this from Brussels. Mrs Merckel was for granting Britain of very long extension to work out. What it really wanted from Brexit, and to ideally pass a deal zoo, the German jobs Lewis pushing for a delay until at least the end of the year perhaps into twenty twenty on the other hand demento macro wanted to force Britain to make up its mind sooner than that. And was pushing for maybe just a few additional weeks, so avoiding a no deal exit this Friday, but nonetheless, getting on with the decision and and getting out of the way of other issues the teachings of more important to the EU. So how was a middle way found how do they hammer this out in the end essentially, they decided to split the difference by going for thirty first which some would consider. A reasonable balance between the imperatives of getting the Brexit issue sorted out of the way on the one hand and also giving bricks and time to yourself out on the other on the flip side, you could say that it's both long enough for Britain to cause disruption and not not enough necessarily to make its mind up. But in in the meantime, one of the ways that Britain can make mischief is at next month's European parliament elections how much is that a factor in all of this is originally both sides really wanted to avoid prison participating in the year in parliamentary action, the Brits. Because they didn't think it would look good three years after Britain voted to leave the EU to be voting yet. Again, new legislators to the parliament in Strasbourg and on the European side. I think there was a sense that Britain now that it's ready halfway out of the door. Anyway, would be a disruptive force in the European parliament. And you know, could could end up leaving the club quite soon after it elects EMMY peas there, there is another way which is that Britain kind of enters. A gentlemen's agreement simply to lay low and and to not make mischief, and that's actually what has entered into Britain has for example, said that it won't interfere in the choice of the next European Commission. President it won't get in the way of of the Union's term objectives and to confirm that that will be an informal summit in June the review Britain's behavior as as as an ongoing member of the club. There's no suggestion that Britain will be objected prematurely on the back of that. But I think it's it is that is meant as a recurrence to people like manual Mackall who worry that Britain because trouble so is is Brexit having an effect on on the EU. More broadly is are all of these kinds of disagreements, and these long meetings sort of highlighting other divisions within the U you starting to see now is an interesting split between those who would like to see Britain change, it's mind either in general election or in a second referendum and rejoin or commit to stay in the EU. And I think you could count Angela Merkel's among those and some of the other northern members. And those who think that really it's time that Britain left in the end of the club needs to make virtue of that. And I think the macro belongs to that club. And those I think speak to brought a divides about what sort of e you Europe should be aiming for should it be a tight or integrated Europe or broader one along along more sort of loose lines. So I think you're gonna see that play out, particularly if Britain comes back to us yet another extension tuba."