EU's Tusk proposes 12-month 'flexible' extension to UK's Brexit date

Chloe Chaplain     2 hours Wednesday April 3rd 2019   

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Chloe Chaplain 2 hours Wednesday April 3rd 2019 English Democrats launch legal battle to prove UK 'already left EU' Brexit

The UK is now due to leave the European Union on 12 April - but has asked for this to be extended until 30 June.

Sir Starmer said the Government was "not countenancing any changes" to the wording of the political declaration, which sets out the framework for the future UK-EU relationship.

"The UK fighting European elections nearly three years after a clear majority voted to leave the EU sums up the disorganised and slapdash approach taken to negotiations by the Prime Minister".

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, is likely to offer Britain a flexible extension of the date of its departure from the EU of up to one year, with the possibility of leaving sooner.

"A "no deal" Brexit has become 'almost inevitable" after United Kingdom lawmakers again failed to break the Brexit deadlock on Monday night (1 April), narrowly rejecting all four alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement. Scenarios running the gamut from abandoning the European Union abruptly with no deal to cancelling Brexit altogether have all gone down to defeat. In an emotional address in the Commons chamber, he said he had "given everything" to find a solution that was good for the country, adding: "I have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise". May is the upcoming elections to the European Parliament, which begin on May 23.

Referring to talks between May and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn which are expected to resume on Friday, Baba said the prime minister is expected to release a letter to the Labour party in the coming hours outlining her position.

European Union leaders will meet to decide on whether to give Britain an extension - and how long it could be - on Wednesday night.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday again sought to delay Brexit until June 30 to avoid a chaotic withdrawal from the European Union in one week, although a key leader of the bloc suggested an even longer pause in the hard divorce proceedings. With the biggest democratic mandate in our history we instructed parliament and government to leave.

French President Emmanuel Macron has thus far seemed cagey about giving Britain more time, saying the bloc can not be held hostage by Britain's political deadlock over Brexit.

The Conservative Party lawmaker suggested using Britain's positon to veto any EU budget increases, block the establishment of an EU army, and make it impossible for Macron to push further EU integration.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told reporters in Bucharest: "If we are not able to understand the reason why the United Kingdom is asking for an extension, we can not give a positive answer".

"It does not provide sufficient time for any proper reconsideration of Brexit and brings complications for the EU". He said May's deadline of June 30 made no sense and was motivated by "domestic tactical manoeuvring". April 12 is the last day for Britain to signal whether it will field candidates. The move split her cabinet and infuriated the most pro-Brexit wing of her Conservatives.

But 25 Labour MPs have written a joint letter to Mr Corbyn warning that a second public vote would "divide the country further and add uncertainty for business".

European Council President Donald Tusk delivers a speech during a debate on the outcome of the latest European Summit on Brexit, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, March 27, 2019.

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