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Date created : 10/04/2019 – 23:28

European Union leaders are debating Wednesday whether to save Britain from a potentially calamitous no-deal exit by granting British Prime Minister Theresa May’s request to delay the Brexit deadline again, this time to June 30.


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May asked other EU leaders at an emergency summit Wednesday to agree to delay Britain’s exit set for Friday until June 30 while she pushes the UK Parliament to ratify a deal and pass the legislation needed for a smooth Brexit.

Some were sympathetic, but French President Emmanuel Macron struck a warning note.

“Nothing is decided,” Macron said, insisting on “clarity” from May about what Britain wants.

“What’s indispensable is that nothing should compromise the European project in the months to come,” he said.

Macron wants to withhold any commitment to extend the deadline much beyond the European Parliament elections of May 23-26 unless May commits herself, and any potential successor, not to disrupt the workings of Brussels.

“Not everything is preferable to a no-deal. A no-deal situation is a real option,” a French presidency official said.

A Brexit delay beyond EU Parliament elections would force Britain to participate in the vote and elect representatives to the EU assembly – an option May wants to avoid but which could become inevitable.

May made the case for the delay at a pre-dinner meeting in Brussels, saying she believes a June 30 deadline is enough time for Britain’s Parliament to agree a deal. But British lawmakers have already rejected her EU divorce deal three times and also voted down eight alternatives to Brexit put forward by the House of Commons. Subsequent attempts to forge a compromise with her political opponents in the Labour Party have yet to bear fruit.

May spoke to the 27 other EU leaders for just over an hour before they met for dinner without her to decide Britain’s fate.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and REUTERS)