May’s last-ditch attempt to meet Macron and Merkel before emergency Brexit summit

epaselect epa07429886 British Prime Minister Theresa May attends a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 11 March 2019. May is facing a decisive week ahead with crucial votes on Brexit expected. EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER

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British Prime Minister Theresa May will make a last-ditch attempt to request a second extension to Article 50 to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Theresa May will hold talks with France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel a day before an emergency Brexit summit.

The Prime Minister will travel to Berlin and then Paris on Tuesday, in a last round of Brexit diplomacy before a gathering of EU leaders in Brussels on Wednesday.

The summit is due to decide on a further extension to the Article 50 negotiating period requested by May in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit on Friday.

May has asked for a second delay to Brexit to last up until 30 June, but it is for the leaders of the remaining 27 EU member states to unanimously agree whether or not to accept the prime minister’s plea.

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar has suggested it is unlikely any single EU country will veto completely the UK’s request.

But, even if they do agree to extend Article 50 again, EU leaders might ignore Mrs May’s proposed timetable and instead agree to grant the UK a “flextension” of up to a year.

This would likely include the possibility for the UK to leave the bloc at the point, if or when, a Brexit deal is finally passed by the House of Commons.

Via Sky News

 

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