President of the European Council Donald Tusk | Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP via Getty Images
Donald Tusk: Will urge EU27 to back ‘long extension’ for Brexit rethink
European Council president raises prospect of new U.K. strategy.
Updated 3/14/19, 11:22 AM CET
European Council President Donald Tusk said he will back a “long extension” to the Article 50 Brexit process if the U.K. cannot agree on an exit plan.
“During my consultations ahead of the European Council [summit on March 21-22], I will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the U.K. finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it,” Tusk tweeted this morning.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, who has seen her Withdrawal Agreement deal defeated twice in the House of Commons, has warned MPs that she could be forced to seek a long delay to Brexit, which may never even happen, if MPs continue to reject her deal. No. 10 doesn’t favor an extension beyond the end of May as it could mean the U.K. having to participate in the upcoming European Parliament election.
MPs will vote this evening on whether to ask the EU for an extension to the Article 50 negotiating period.
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