News | Published April 05 2019

May asks to extend Article 50 until June 30

The Prime Minister Theresa May has formally requested an extension to Article 50 until June 30.

With no withdrawal agreement agreed upon in parliament at this point, May requested an extension in order to prevent the UK leaving with no deal on April 12.

The proposal requests that if the UK has an agreement in place by May 23, then it will be able to leave without taking part in the European Elections.

May wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk to request the extension this morning.

In the letter she said that if no agreement is reached by the time of the European Elections, the UK would be prepared to field candidates.

May said: "[The government] accepts the European Council's view that if the United Kingdom were still a member state of the European Union on 23 May 2019, it would be under a legal obligation to hold the elections."

May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn continued discussions yesterday in an attempt to reach a compromise on Brexit.

Downing Street said the talks have been productive and will continue today.

If the talks are unable to yield "a single unified approach" however, she will once again put a series of options to parliament for MPs to vote on.

Prior to news of May's extension being announced, the BBC had reported the Tusk was preparing to offer the UK a flexible extension of up to 12 months.

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William Winter
April 05 2019

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