British Government Tries to Kick-Start Brexit in Bid to Avoid EU Elections

The British government is considering giving lawmakers a vote on a critical piece of Brexit legislation as early as next week, a change of tack as it tries to kick-start the country’s stuttering exit from the European Union. British lawmakers returned to the Brexit treadmill Tuesday after an Easter break, to face the familiar conundrum: finding a deal on the U.K.’s exit from the EU that can win a majority in Parliament. Prime Minister Theresa May wants the U.K. to formalize its departure from the trading bloc by May 22, so it doesn’t have to take part in elections for the European Parliament the following day. Brexit was originally scheduled for March 29 but EU leaders moved the deadline to the end of October after British lawmakers failed to ratify Mrs. May’s divorce deal for a third time, on the condition that the U.K. participates in EU elections. Read more