EU may offer to extend deadline for Brexit deal to June

epa05859735 (FILE) - A European Union flag flies in front of parliament with the Elizabeth Tower, commonly known as Big Ben, in London, Britain, 20 February 2017 (reissued 20 March 2017). According to news reports on 20 March 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to trigger Article 50 on 29 March, formally starting the process of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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The European Union is poised to extend Brexit talks into as late as next summer after the European council and commission presidents dismissed Boris Johnson’s strategy as a “blame game”.

A “range of dates” will now be in play at the meeting of European leaders next week but sources suggested the natural cut-off date would be June.

With an extension of the UK’s EU membership now looking inevitable, other diplomatic sources suggested an unlikely outlier for an end date could even be ahead of a possible general election so as to force the Commons into accepting a deal. “But politicians like to keep things off their plates for as long as possible and so pushing it longer seems more realistic,” a senior EU diplomat said.

The negotiations over a deal are said to be effectively dead in Brussels after Downing Street’s extraordinary claims over the substance of a phone call between the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the UK prime minister.


Via The Guardian

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