Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Brexit: Theresa May to meet Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron

Brexit: Theresa May to meet Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron

Downing Street said Mrs May had discussed the UK's request for an extension of Article 50 - the process by which the United Kingdom leaves the European Union - until 30 June, with the option to make it shorter if a deal is ratified earlier, with both Ms Merkel and Mr Macron. In reality, granting such an extension would increase the risk of a rolling series of short extensions and emergency summits, creating new cliff-edge dates.

The British Prime Minister has now finished meeting with President Macron and spoke with Angela Merkel this morning.

The paper reported: "Mr Macron is already said to be fed up with European summits devoted to Brexit rather than to his own plans for EU reform".

The EU will demand Theresa May accepts a Brexit delay of at least nine months when she arrives in Brussels tomorrow evening, with leaders arguing there was "little reason to believe" any exit agreement can emerge from the chaos of Westminster before the summer.

"The withdrawal agreement is not open for renegotiation", Barnier said, adding the EU would be ready to update the accompanying draft declaration on future EU-U.K. ties, should May's talks with the opposition Labour party move towards a customs union.

He said the United Kingdom should be treated "with the highest respect" and "neither side should be allowed to feel humiliated".

They also discussed upcoming European parliamentary elections with the PM saying that the government was working very hard to avoid the need for the United Kingdom to take part.

They want to know, if they say, "Yes", to another Brexit extension, what it will be used for.

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He spoke after briefing European Union ministers on Brexit.

On Monday night, MPs and peers backed a new law to extend the Brexit process, and cross-party talks are expected to continue in the hope of finding a compromise. He said the United Kingdom needed to show "substantial steps" towards resolving its political deadlock but said a no-deal Brexit would be the worst possible outcome.

There were no cross-party talks with Labour - they resume between officials tonight.

"The talks so far have been undertaken in a constructive manner from both sides".

Chancellor Philip Hammond and environment secretary Michael Gove led the talks for the government, with their opposite numbers John McDonnell and Sue Hayman among the Labour delegation.

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.

Mrs May has enraged Conservative Eurosceptics by reaching out to the opposition leader in her search to identify a Brexit formula that can win a Commons majority.

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