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Theresa May writes to EU seeking Brexit extension until June 30th

Theresa May has asked the European Union for an extension to article 50 delaying Brexit by three months, after a revolt among pro-leave ministers and MPs that threatened her premiership.

Mrs May told the House of Commons on Wednesday she has written to Donald Tusk, the European council president, setting out her request to have Brexit delayed until June 30th.

The UK will need the approval of all 27 member states for the extension to be granted.

However, the European Commission opposes an extension to June 30th, according to an EU document seen by Reuters.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker suggested that agreement on an extension to Article 50 might not be reached at this week’s European Council summit, and that EU leaders might have to meet again next week to finalise it.

Speaking to German radio station DRF, Mr Juncker said: “We will probably have to meet again next week, because Mrs May has not got agreement for anything either in her Cabinet or her Parliament.

“As long as we don’t know what Great Britain will say Yes to, we can’t come to a resolution.”

Mr Juncker said the EU had already moved a long way to accommodate the UK’s demands, and there would be “no more negotiations”.


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