MAY HOLDS LAST-MINUTE BREXIT TALKS WITH GERMANY AND FRANCE
MPs are debating a government motion seeking MPs to approve May’s request to the EU to delay Brexit .
With the UK currently due to leave the EU at 23:00 BST on Friday, British Prime Minister, Theresa May is holding last-minute Brexit talks with the leaders of Germany and France.
After earlier meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, the UK PM is set to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in an attempt to get him to back her request to delay Brexit until June 30.
Merkel had after the meeting with May, said a delay that runs to the end of the year or the start of 2020 was a possibility, and Downing Street also said that May and Merkel discussed the UK’s request for an extension of Article 50, to June 30, with the option to bring this forward if a deal is ratified sooner.
Diplomats had following a meeting of the EU’s General Affairs Coucil in Luxembourg intimated that a little over a handful of member states spoke in favour of a delay to June 30 and a majority were in favour of a longer extension.
As well as discussions on the conditions of the proposed delay, the UK’s participation in May’s European Parliament elections, no re-opening of the withdrawal agreement and how to guarantee the Uk’s pledge of “sincere co-operation” in ongoing EU business were also discussed.
A bill which aims to force the Prime Minister to request a Brexit extension, rather than leave the EU without a deal on Friday- which is the default position, was on Monday evening passed by Parliament. Although government opposed the bill on the grounds that it was unnecessary as May was already seeking an extension, the backbenchers behind it wanted to ensure it became a law to prevent any change in stategy from May.
Members of parliament are debating a government motion seeking MPs to approve May’s request to the EU to delay Brexit .
The final decision on an extension lies with the EU and the leaders of all EU countries have to decide whether to grant or reject an extension.