Theresa May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel and Macron

The EU will demand Theresa May accepts a Brexit delay of at least nine months when she arrives in Brussels tomorrow evening, with leaders arguing there was "little reason to believe" any exit agreement can emerge from the chaos of Westminster before the summer.

The draft did stress the EU was ready to upgrade the political declaration setting out the blueprint of the new EU-UK deal after Brexit should London so wish.

European Union leaders are curious to hear the prime minister's Plan B. They hope there is one, although they're not convinced.

European Union leaders, tired by the three-year Brexit crisis, have repeatedly refused to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement which May agreed in November, though on Tuesday there was speculation in London that Merkel might be open to doing just that.

Back at home, May's ministers are in crisis talks with the Labour Party to try to break the deadlock on Brexit, more than a week after the United Kingdom was originally supposed to have left the EU.

On Tuesday, Parliament will debate how long an extension to seek. And she spoke by phone with European Council president Donald Tusk, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Dutch PM Mark Rutte and Malta's Joseph Muscat to set out the case for extending the Brexit process to June 30.

The leaders also discussed the ongoing situation in Libya.


The aide said if the European Union allowed an extension beyond Friday it would need to include limits on Britain's influence in the bloc so that it was "present and applying the rules but not taking part in [EU] decision making".

The obligation for the United Kingdom to be a good partner emerged after Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group of Brexiteer Tories, said that Britain should use its powers "to be difficult".

Writing on Twitter, Ms Cooper said: "Parliament has voted tonight against the damage & chaos that no deal would cause for jobs, manufacturing, medicine supplies, policing & security".

In a bid to end the deadlock with Labour, the Prime Minister is considering offering MPs a vote on whether to hold a referendum on any deal agreed on Brexit, according to the Daily Telegraph.

After Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged the Prime Minister to move on her negotiating red lines, Mr Gauke acknowledged there would need to be flexibility on both sides.

Seibert would not further comment on the German government's position regarding May's Friday proposal to delay Brexit until June 30 to avoid crashing out without a deal at the end of this week.

The Cabinet Office said it was taking responsible steps, but the move did not make participation in the elections inevitable.


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