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News | Published April 10 2019

May to meet European leaders for emergency summit

Theresa May will meet EU leaders today to discuss a potential extension to Article 50.

The prime minister is in Brussels to try and secure an extension until June 30, although the EU favour a longer one.

This week, Donald Tusk urged leaders to support a flexible extension until March next year.

With the UK set to leave the EU on April 12, European Council President Donald Tusk said: "There would be a risk of an accidental no-deal Brexit."

He wrote in an open letter to European leaders that there was "little reason to believe" that May could secure a compromise in parliament by June 30 and therefore favoured a longer extension until next year.

Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay said that is was not the prime minister's fault that she was now having to negotiate another extension, but instead that of MPs who had failed to back her deal.

Barclay said: "The reason we have to go back [to the EU] today is not because of the prime minister, but because Parliament once again refused to vote for the withdrawal agreement. It is a consequence of Parliament. Not government, Parliament."

May spoke with both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday in a further bid to secure support for her shorter extension plan.

Both are said to have supported May in her bid to secure a withdrawal prior to the European Elections in May.

May will also meet with the Labour party tomorrow when she returns from the summit to continue cross-party talks.


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William Winter
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April 10 2019

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