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Tory MEPs asked if they’d like to contest EU election in a Brexit delay

Tory MEP Daniel Hannan in the European Parliament in November 2018 | European Union

Tory MEPs asked if they’d like to contest EU election in a Brexit delay

‘May I ask you to reflect over the weekend whether you would wish to stand as a Conservative candidate?’ asks senior UK parliamentarian.

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3/15/19, 4:25 PM CET

Updated 3/15/19, 4:40 PM CET

British Conservative members of the European Parliament have been told to “reflect” on whether they’d like to return to the assembly if the U.K. has to take part in the European election.

A letter sent to the Tory MEPs by delegation leader Ashley Fox, seen by POLITICO, says if Theresa May’s Brexit deal isn’t approved at the third time of asking next week, “we face the prospect of fighting the European elections.”

“May I ask you to reflect over the weekend whether you would wish to stand as a Conservative candidate?” Fox asked, adding that he would speak “with you all individually” after the House of Commons vote on May’s deal next week.

British MPs voted Thursday to extend the March 29 deadline for leaving the EU, although it is up to EU27 leaders to grant an extension.

The terms of motion passed by the Commons means May will seek an extension from the EU whether her deal passes or not. But if it fails for a third time in a vote next week, that extension could go beyond June 30, requiring the U.K. to take part in European election in late May.

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