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

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

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

The British Prime Minister has now finished meeting with President Macron and spoke with Angela Merkel this morning.

May has asked for a new delay until June 30.

Despite the support from parliament to delay Brexit to avoid a no-deal Brexit on Friday, all the other 27 European Union countries have the final say - they can either grant or reject the extension request.

The draft language says: "In response, the European Council agrees to an extension to allow for the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement".

Tusk's reference to Brexit holding up other European business, and other remarks later in his letter referring to ways to sideline this, reflect apparent serious concerns by France's Macron, who sees the continued failure of the Brexit process as overshadowing his attempts to reform Europe.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, also said the length of any delay will depend on the rationale May presents in Brussels on Wednesday.

They also discussed upcoming European parliamentary elections with the PM saying that the government was working very hard to avoid the need for the United Kingdom to take part.

And they suspect Theresa May wants them to do her dirty work for her.

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All 27 remaining European Union heads of government must agree to an extension if the United Kingdom is to avoid the default position of a no-deal Brexit on Friday night. He said the United Kingdom needed to show "substantial steps" towards resolving its political deadlock but said a no-deal Brexit would be the worst possible outcome.

Meanwhile, talks between the Government and Labour aimed at finding a cross-party consensus are due to resume on Tuesday, following technical discussions between officials on Monday.

One of most contentious parts of the plan is the Irish backstop - an insurance policy that aims to prevent the reinstatement of a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Chancellor Philip Hammond and environment secretary Michael Gove led the talks for the government, with their opposite numbers John McDonnell and Sue Hayman among the Labour delegation.

Further talks will be held on Thursday.

The Government earlier tabled an order enabling the elections to be held in Britain if the country has not left the European Union by the time they are due to take place on May 23.

If no deal can be reached with Labour, Mrs May has committed to putting a series of Brexit options to the Commons and being bound by the result.

Mr Gauke played down a report that Mrs May was considering offering MPs a vote on whether to hold a confirmatory referendum on any Brexit deal that was agreed.

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