Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

European Union ministers say United Kingdom needs 'clear plan' to win Brexit delay

European Union ministers say United Kingdom needs 'clear plan' to win Brexit delay

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says Theresa May won't compromise [Getty Images] Mr Corbyn added: "Talks have to mean a movement and so far there has been no change in those red lines". Despite a United Kingdom request for the delay to be limited to 30 June, Mr Tusk has recommended a one-year extension to the Brexit process, with a break clause allowing an earlier departure if a withdrawal deal is ratified in Westminster.

May met Merkel at her riverside Chancellery, a short walk from the Brandenburg Gate, where Ronald Reagan in 1987 urged Mikhail Gorbachev to "Tear down this wall!" - the barrier that had divided West and East Berlin since 1961.

The new law that requires the prime minister to extend the Brexit process to avoid no-deal.

UK House of Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said Tuesday that it would be "fantastic ... if Angela Merkel will try to support a proper UK Brexit by agreeing to reopen the withdrawal agreement".

Although the Conservative party has since stated that it hopes that the legislation needed to formalise the UK's departure from the European Union will have been finalised before May, allowing the poll to be cancelled, the move is widely seen as the latest admission by Prime Minister Theresa May that she will agree to a lengthy extension of the Article 50 process.

However, the final decision on an extension lies with the EU. Barnier repeated that, though he held open the option of agreeing much closer post-Brexit ties.

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel will host the leaders of France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Ireland before the full meeting of EU-27 leaders tomorrow night.

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The pound, which has seesawed so much on Brexit news that some investors have stepped away from the sterling market, rose and then dipped on speculation Merkel could offer May a better deal.

The PM is hoping that her cross-party talks with Labour will convince European Union leaders to give her a short extension to Article 50 at a summit in Brussels in Wednesday, before Britain leaves the bloc with No Deal by default on Friday.

Labour's demands include keeping Britain in a customs union with the EU, something that is hard to reconcile with May's desire for Britain to have an independent trade policy, and potentially a second referendum on any deal.

He told the BBC: "At the moment we're waiting to see what the Government is putting on the table as a proposal".

It is a last-ditch attempt to keep control after parliament rejected May's own Brexit deal three times.

It comes after Parliament passed a bill which aims to force Mrs May to request a Brexit extension.

Britain's Parliament has passed a law created to ensure the country does not leave the European Union without a divorce deal.

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