Cross-party Brexit talks abandoned until after European Union summit, No 10 confirm

Theresa May to meet Merkel and Macron in push for Brexit extension

Theresa May to meet Merkel and Macron in push for Brexit extension

European leaders will demand the United Kingdom abide by principles of "sincere co-operation" and not disrupt the functioning of EU institutions in return for a long extension of its Brexit negotiations, according to draft council conclusions seen by the Financial Times.

"If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by both parties before this date, the withdrawal will take place on the first day of the following month".

"The UK would be free to leave whenever it is ready".

Without an extension, Britain is due to leave the European Union at 2200 GMT on Friday, without a deal to cushion the economic shock.

His Dutch colleague Stef Blok echoed: "It's in the Dutch interest to avoid hard Brexit and if more time is needed to avoid no-deal Brexit, we should provide more time".

Mr Tusk said granting the 30 June extension that Mrs May is seeking "would increase the risk of a rolling series of short extensions and emergency summits, creating new cliff-edge dates". "Furthermore, in the event of a continued stalemate, such a longer extension would allow the United Kingdom to rethink its Brexit strategy", said Mr Tusk.

Mr Tusk's letter came after the PM arrived in Paris for talks with Mr Macron, who in recent days has warned that an extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process is not guaranteed.

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But, as you know, I do not believe that is what European Union leaders will ultimately grant the United Kingdom, unless the prime minister outlines a different strategy than trying to persuade the Labour party and/or significant numbers of Labour MPs to back the Withdrawal Agreement via modification of the Political Declaration.

DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds branded the talks "humiliating and embarrassing" for the United Kingdom, and claimed Britain was "effectively holding out a begging bowl to European leaders".

As everyone already knows, the EU's president Donald Tusk is making the case for a long "flexible" Brexit postponement of no more than a year - but with the United Kingdom able to leave earlier if all legal and political conditions for Brexit are met earlier.

Mrs May has asked for the date of Brexit to be delayed until June 30 at Wednesday's summit, with the possibility of an earlier departure if the UK's withdrawal deal is ratified.

Britain's parliament has backed Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to seek another Brexit delay, this time until June 30.

Ms Haynes continued: "That maybe will help Theresa May because the last thing President Macron wants, as we come into European parliamentary elections, is to see a crisis within the EU, to have to see Britain effectively kicked out of the EU because parliament has voted it doesn't want a no deal".

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