The British government on Monday said it had taken the necessary steps required by law to participate in European Parliament elections in May, but that this did not mean it was inevitable Britain would take part. Britain is due to leave the EU on Friday, but Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the EU for a further delay to Britain’s exit date while she seeks to reach a compromise with the opposition Labour Party in order to get her Brexit deal passed. “As a responsible government today we have taken the necessary steps required by law should we have to participate,” a government spokesman said in a statement. “It does not make these elections inevitable, as leaving the EU before the date of election automatically removes our obligation to take part.” Similarly, Nationalist anti-immigration parties plan to join forces following next month’s EU parliamentary election, looking to create a new bloc to shake up the EU, officials from four groups said on Monday. The move shows growing confidence amongst far-right and sovereignist parties that for the first time since the EU was formed 60 years ago they can win enough seats in parliament to have a major say in how… Read full this story
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