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Brexit: Theresa May to ask EU for further extension

Image copyrightAFP / Getty Images Theresa May will ask the EU for an extension to the Brexit deadline to "break the logjam" in Parliament. The PM says she wants to meet Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn to agree on a future relationship with the EU. But she insisted her withdrawal agreement &#821 1; which was voted down last week – would remain part of the deal. Mrs May said she wanted the extension to be "as short as possible" – before May 22, so the UK does not have to take part in European elections. The UK has until 12 April to propose a plan – which must be accepted by the EU – or it will leave without a deal. The UK was supposed to leave the EU on March 29, but Mrs May agreed a short extension with the deadline parliament would not agree on the deadline. MPs have twice as well indicative votes in the Commons to try to find a consensus, but none of the proposals won a majority. A statement from Downing Street, Mrs May said she wanted to agree to a new plan with Mr Corbyn and put it to the vote in the Commons before April 10 – when the EU will hold an emergency summit on Brexit. If they do not agree a single way forward, she proposed putting a number of options to MPs "to determine which course to pursue". The PM said: "This is a difficult time for everyone. Passions are…

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Theresa May will ask the EU for an extension to the Brexit deadline to “break the logjam” in Parliament.

The PM says she wants to meet Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn to agree on a future relationship with the EU.

But she insisted her withdrawal agreement &#821

1; which was voted down last week – would remain part of the deal.

Mrs May said she wanted the extension to be “as short as possible” – before May 22, so the UK does not have to take part in European elections.

The UK has until 12 April to propose a plan – which must be accepted by the EU – or it will leave without a deal.

The UK was supposed to leave the EU on March 29, but Mrs May agreed a short extension with the deadline parliament would not agree on the deadline.

MPs have twice as well indicative votes in the Commons to try to find a consensus, but none of the proposals won a majority.

A statement from Downing Street, Mrs May said she wanted to agree to a new plan with Mr Corbyn and put it to the vote in the Commons before April 10 – when the EU will hold an emergency summit on Brexit.

If they do not agree a single way forward, she proposed putting a number of options to MPs “to determine which course to pursue”.

The PM said: “This is a difficult time for everyone. Passions are running high on all sides of the argument, but we can and must find the compromises that will deliver what the British people voted for.

“This is a decisive moment in the story of these islands and it requires national unity to deliver the national interest. “

After the statement, President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, called for patience.

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