Merkel to host May for Brexit talks on Tuesday


Theresa May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel and Macron: Live updates

A senior German official demanded "substantial steps" forward in Britain's Brexit standoff and insisted on Tuesday that any further delay to Britain's withdrawal must come with strict conditions, as Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to plead for more time in Berlin and Paris.

"One possibility would be a flexible extension, which would last only as long as necessary and no longer than one year", Tusk said in his invitation letter to the members of the European Council ahead of their Wednesday's special meeting on Brexit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as she arrives for a meeting to discuss Brexit with French President Emmanuel Macron (not seen) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, April 9, 2019.

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

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.

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.

With just days to go until the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union, MPs and Lords have passed a new law to extend Brexit to prevent the United Kingdom leaving without a deal on Friday.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Monday he was still waiting for signs of compromise from May and talks have been suspended until the summit in Brussels.

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But he also said there would have to be a number of conditions attached.

"That this House agrees for the purposes of section 1 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2019 to the Prime Minister seeking an extension of the period specified in Article 50 (3) of the Treaty on European Union to a period ending on 30 June 2019".

And if the European Council did not agree on an extension at all, "there would be a risk of an accidental no-deal Brexit", he said. There also those who believe that her negotiations with the "Marxists" in the Labour Party were the ultimate betrayal.

She said: "I can't pretend that things have gone well and that we can carry on as we are".

Parliamentary approval secured, May will now have to request the extension at a key European Union summit in Brussels on Wednesday.

This will then be voted on by MPs.

In Britain, some have suggested that the government should seek to undermine European Union policymaking as a way to get more leverage for the U.K. Roth also called for "loyal and constructive behavior" by the British government. Labour Party junior Brexit spokesman Matthew Pennycook said his party supported May's extension plan, but warned the extra time must be used to try and find a compromise with Labour and not to pass her own thrice-rejected deal at a fourth attempt.

EU Farm Commissioner Hogan was setting out contingency plans in the agriculture sector for a no-deal Brexit to make sure that it impacts farmers as little as possible.

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