May is expected to arrive at the German chancellory for talks at midday | Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
May heads to Berlin, Paris for crunch Brexit talks
Meetings come just hours before EU leaders meet to decide on Article 50 extension.
Updated 4/8/19, 1:59 PM CET
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will host British Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin on Tuesday afternoon as part of efforts to resolve the impasse over the U.K.’s departure from the EU.
May is expected to arrive at the chancellory for talks at midday, ahead of an emergency meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on Wednesday, which will determine the length and conditions of any extension to the Brexit process.
The May-Merkel talks will include an “exchange of views on Britain’s exit from the EU,” Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said. May was last in Berlin in December.
Merkel’s government has so far insisted it will stand behind the EU’s negotiating stance, but the chancellor has on multiple occasions said she would try “until the last hour” to avoid a no-deal outcome.
May will travel on to Paris later Tuesday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, Downing Street confirmed. An Elysée official said the “work meeting” would take place at 6 p.m.
The British prime minister will also speak by phone with other EU leaders later Monday.
Unless an extension is approved this week the U.K.