Merkel should reopen backstop talks to support 'proper Brexit', says Leadsom

Merkel should reopen backstop talks to support 'proper Brexit', says Leadsom

Merkel should reopen backstop talks to support 'proper Brexit', says Leadsom

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, also said the length of any delay will depend on the rationale May presents in Brussels on Wednesday.

In a bid to end the deadlock with Labour, the Prime Minister is considering offering MPs a vote on whether to hold a referendum on any deal agreed on Brexit, according to the Daily Telegraph.

"...our experience so far, as well as the deep divisions within the House of Commons, give us little reason to believe that the ratification process can be completed by the end of June".

Berlin also stressed the importance of the bloc's remaining members to speak with one voice on whether or not they will accept May's request for a new extension.

It comes after Parliament passed a bill which aims to force Mrs May to request a Brexit extension.

"Neither side should be allowed to feel humiliated at any stage in this hard process".

"Our objective is an orderly withdrawal - no deal will never by the EU's decision". Mrs May met Mrs Merkel before flying on to Paris for talks withMacron this afternoon, where the French President will reportedly climb down from his No Deal threat but tell her Britain must leave by Christmas this year.

While the talks were taking place in London, May undertook a diplomatic push in Berlin and Paris in a bid to secure another extension to the negotiating process, despite being unable to present the credible alternative Brexit plan the European Union said it required to sanction such a move.

Mrs May is to make a whistle-stop trip to Berlin and Paris for last-minute talks with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on the eve of the emergency summit. "We should all be very clear what this extension would be for - it is all about making sure we leave the European Union in a timely and orderly way and that means leaving with a deal", government Solicitor-General Robert Buckland said ahead of the vote.

All 27 remaining European Union heads of government must agree to an extension if the United Kingdom is to avoid the default position of a no-deal Brexit on Friday night.

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

Tusk's reference to Brexit holding up other European business, and other remarks later in his letter referring to ways to sideline this, reflect apparent serious concerns by France's Macron, who sees the continued failure of the Brexit process as overshadowing his attempts to reform Europe.

Another condition for an extension would require the United Kingdom not to disrupt the EU's decision-making, which could see it sidelined from budget decisions in Brussels, BuzzFeed reported.

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