EU weighs options for granting Brexit delay next week

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union envoys on Friday discussed options for granting Britain another Brexit delay next week.

A Brussels official said Donald Tusk’s proposal for a postponement of up to a year had gained support, but national diplomats said all options were still open.

EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Wednesday must decide by unanimity on any further delay. British Prime Minister Theresa May asked the bloc on Friday for a second postponement until June 30, with the possibility of leaving earlier.

Tusk, who will chair the summit, has instead proposed a delay of up to one year, which could be cut short if the UK parliament approves an EU divorce deal. May is in talks with the opposition Labour party to try to get the votes.

“Discussion showed wide support for Tusk’s idea of a long ‘flextension’,” the EU official said on condition of anonymity.

EU leaders only two weeks ago rejected a request from May for a reprieve until June 30 and several national diplomats said all options were still on the table – from refusing a further delay and heading towards a no-deal Brexit to granting May’s request or pushing for a long postponement.

“We are waiting to see if there is any real progress with Labour. Depending on what May comes with on W


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