Theresa Might on Friday requested the EU for a close to three-month delay to Brexit due to parliament’s rejection of her withdrawal treaty, as Donald Tusk provided to postpone the UK’s departure from the bloc for as much as one 12 months.
The European Council president has advised colleagues that Britain may have a “flextension” operating as much as April 12 2020, which might be shortened if the Home of Commons passes an exit treaty.
The UK prime minister wrote to Mr Tusk on Friday saying she wished to keep away from Britain leaving the EU and not using a deal and due to this fact was searching for an extension to the Article 50 divorce course of underneath which Britain is meant to go away the bloc on April 12.
She proposed that the extension run till June 30, however mentioned the federal government wished to keep away from UK participation in European Parliament elections and so would attempt to obtain this by leaving the EU earlier than Might 23.
Any change to Britain’s exit date requires unanimous settlement between the UK and the leaders of the 27 different EU member states, who will talk about the problem at a Brussels summit on Wednesday.
That is the second time the UK has sought an Article 50 extension: the European Council final month agreed to push again Britain’s unique departure date from March 29 due to parliament’s rejection of Mrs Might’s withdrawal settlement.
In her letter to Mr Tusk, Mrs Might mentioned the “deadlock” over her Brexit deal within the Commons “can’t be allowed to proceed”, and that she had begun talks with Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn to see if a consensus could possibly be discovered on a manner ahead that ensured the UK left the EU with an settlement.
She added this method would contain approval of her withdrawal settlement, and that her talks with Mr Corbyn have been targeted on the longer term relationship between the UK and the EU.
“The federal government acknowledges, nevertheless, that after approval to the withdrawal settlement is achieved, the method of enacting these commitments in home regulation and due to this fact ratifying the settlement within the UK will take time,” Mrs Might advised Mr Tusk.
“Due to this fact, having reluctantly sought an extension to the Article 50 interval final month, the federal government should now accomplish that once more . . . The UK proposes that this era ought to finish on June 30 2019.”
Mrs Might mentioned it was not within the pursuits of the UK or the EU for Britain to carry elections to the European Parliament, that are scheduled to happen between Might 23 and Might 26.
Nevertheless, she added the federal government accepted that if the UK was nonetheless a member of the EU on Might 23, it will be legally obliged to carry the elections.
“The federal government will need to agree a timetable for ratification that permits the UK to withdraw from the EU earlier than Might 23 2019 and due to this fact cancel the European Parliament elections, however will proceed to make accountable preparations to carry elections ought to this not show potential.”
Mr Tusk’s thought of a “flextension”, first reported by the BBC, stays controversial each in London and the EU.
Brexiters concern a protracted Article 50 extension is a ploy by Europhile MPs to reverse Britain’s choice to go away the EU.
In the meantime, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has warned Britain to not take a protracted extension “without any consideration”, saying the EU won’t settle for being held hostage to a Westminster disaster.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is open to providing the UK extra time, placing her at odds with Mr Macron.
Mr Tusk’s proposal is geared toward discovering a center floor between these within the EU who’re unwilling to approve a sequence of quick extensions and Brexiters who need to go away the EU as quickly as potential.
One senior EU official mentioned Mr Tusk advised colleagues: “We may give the UK a year-long extension, mechanically terminated as soon as the withdrawal settlement has been accepted and ratified by the Home of Commons. And even when this weren’t potential, then the UK would nonetheless have sufficient time to rethink its Brexit technique.”
The official added: “Quick extension if potential and a protracted one if mandatory. It appears to be a superb state of affairs for each side, because it provides the UK all the required flexibility, whereas avoiding the necessity to meet each few weeks to additional talk about Brexit extensions.”
Negotiators representing Theresa Might, the prime minister, and the Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn are to satisfy once more on Friday for a third day of talks, though there was little signal to date that they’re near a Brexit compromise that would move the Home of Commons.
A invoice, led by Labour MP Yvette Cooper, compelling the prime minister to hunt an extension to Article 50 was delayed within the Home of Lords on Thursday, and can not grow to be regulation till Monday on the earliest.