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Donald Tusk Says Brexit Extension Only Possible If MPs Vote For Deal

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

4:43 PM - 20 Mar 2019



The President of the European Council says he's prepared to allow an extension to Brexit - but only if the House of Commons votes to endorse the withdrawal agreement.

Donald Tusk spoke with British Prime Minister this afternoon after she requested an extension to Article 50 until June 30th.

He told her the request to delay Brexit can be accepted if Parliament votes for the deal next week.

MPs have already voted against the deal twice, and the House of Commons Speaker John Bercow earlier this week ruled out another vote on the same agreement.

However, Donald Tusk insists any extension is "conditional" on the deal being agreed by MPs.

In a short statement, he said Brexit fatigue is clearly visible - but the EU can't give up on reaching a positive solution until the very last minute.

Speaking ahead of a key meeting of EU leaders tomorrow, he said the proposed June 30th extension date "has merits" but also creates a "series of questions of a legal and political nature".

He once again ruled out reopening the withdrawal agreement, and added that the EU had responded with "patience and goodwill" during negotiations.

Mrs May is reported to be meeting with opposition leaders in Westminster later tonight to discuss the ongoing Brexit impasse.

Main image: Donald Tusk. Picture by: Frank Augstein/AP/Press Association Images


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