Labour party urges PM May to change her European Union deal

The plan would let UK leave sooner if the British parliament ratifies a deal

The plan would let UK leave sooner if the British parliament ratifies a deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to Brussels on Friday asking for a delay of Brexit until up to June 30, while saying she aims to get Britain out of the EU earlier to avoid it participating in European elections. In a letter to Donald Tusk, the European Council president, May said that the extension would end earlier if parliament approves her Brexit deal.

The UK government had asked for the same extension last month, but the proposal was rejected by European Union leaders at the time.

But she conceded that the government would be legally obliged to hold those elections if it had not left in time. But the inevitable confusion this would create around the European elections is still likely to ruffle feathers in the EU-27.

Mrs May has already obtained one extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process, postponing the date of Brexit from March 29 to April 12 - next Friday.

"I don't think we are quite at the point where the government can indicate where their concessionary strategy might apply", deputy Labour leader Tom Watson told BBC radio.

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It was then effectively shut down in a coordinated effort to curb the flow of people into Central and Western Europe. The migrants, mostly Afghan, Iranian or Pakistani, referred to themselves as the "Convoy of Hope", it said.

A source in the presidency said earlier this week that France wanted at all costs to avoid an European Union summit "where the prime minister (May) arrives saying "Everything is still blocked, things will be a lot clearer in a month or two or three, give us more time". Both the Conservatives and Labour have candidates' lists and campaign plans in place.

Irish premier Leo Varadkar said a longer delay to Brexit "might make more sense" than the United Kingdom seeking "rolling extensions where there is an extension every couple of weeks or every couple of months because that just adds to the uncertainty for citizens, for businesses and for farmers".

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at 1330 GMT on Wednesday, her spokesman said, adding that further talks could probably be arranged if necessary.

Ministers and Labour officials are holding a third day of talks created to establish whether they can unite around a compromise Brexit plan under which the Withdrawal Agreement would remain unchanged, but with changes being made to the accompanying Political Declaration on future relations. If a compromise can not be agreed, May signalled that MPs will vote on a "small number of clear options on the future relationship" in a last-ditch bid to find a way forward.

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