Theresa May meets Emmanuel Macron for delay request
- Theresa May is holding last-minute Brexit talks with the French President Emmanuel Macron, with the UK due to leave the EU in three days’ time.
- The UK PM will urge Mr Macron to back her request to delay Brexit again until 30 June, having earlier met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.
- After the talks, Ms Merkel said a delay that runs to the end of the year or the start of 2020 was a possibility.
MPs pass bill to force May to set out timetable for Brexit delay
- Backbench MPs have passed historic legislation to delay article 50, forcing the government to set out its timetable for the length of the Brexit delay in order to prevent the UK exiting the EU with no deal
- In extraordinary circumstances, the bill devised by Labour’s Yvette Cooper and the Conservative Oliver Letwin passed its final stages in the House of Lords on Monday night and was approved by the Commons that evening
Theresa May must produce plan within 24 hours if she wants Article 50 extension, EU warns
- Ministers from the 27 remaining countries met in Luxembourg this morning to lay the groundwork for the leaders’ meeting in Brussels tomorrow
- The EU is open to granting Theresa May another delay to Brexit talks, but only if she produces a workable plan in time for a summit tomorrow evening
- Talks between Labour and the Government are ongoing as of today. Labour says the government has not put any real concessions on the table. A Downing Street spokesperson said on Monday night after the failure of yet another round to find a solution that the Government was “committed to finding a way through in order to ensure we can leave the EU and deliver on the referendum”
- The prime minister herself is visiting Paris and Berlin today ahead of the summit for last minute meetings with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron
EU demands ‘real plan’ from Theresa May for Brexit delay
- Europe ministers signalled their openness to a delay to Brexit on Tuesday, but only if Theresa May was able to present EU leaders with a “real plan” to use the extra time
- Germany, France, Ireland and the Netherlands all indicated the EU was ready to approve a postponement of Britain’s April 12 date when leaders meet at a summit on Wednesday
EU signals long Brexit delay as May lobbies Merkel and Macron –
- Diplomats discuss new date as late as March 2020 but insist on tough conditions for UK
- The EU is shifting towards a potentially long delay to Brexit, with debate still raging over conditions to maintain pressure on Westminster and guard against the UK disrupting the bloc from within
- At a meeting on Brexit in Luxembourg, almost all ministers from the 27 remaining member states left open the possibility of an extension beyond the summer, as long as Britain showed it had a credible political plan and would not damage EU interests
- An EU summit on Wednesday is expected to approve a delay to Britain’s April 12 exit date, but also to provide a framework to limit damage to the EU and map out Britain’s path to approving an exit deal