“Please do not waste this time.” So said European Council President Donald Tusk shortly after EU leaders agreed yesterday — following six hours of debate — to an Oct. 31 deadline for Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc. London will have the option to leave sooner if lawmakers manage to reach an agreement on the terms of withdrawal. But the decision means the U.K. will most likely participate in next month’s European Parliament elections.
Will lawmakers use this time wisely? Some observers are already wondering whether the extension merely provides an extra few months of political deadlock.