May asks for Brexit extension to 30 June as Tusk offers up to a year

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The only reasonable way out would be a long but flexible extension Tusk reportedly said. Tusks plan would need the backing of the leaders of European Union member states. But she was also laying the ground for a more protracted extension by agreeing that Britain was prepared to participate in European elections in May. That was seen in Brussels as a condition for another Brexit postponement. Corbyn met on Wednesday and teams from both sides continued the discussions on Thursday. The prime minister has proposed that if UK MPs approve a deal in time the UK should be able to leave before European Parliamentary elections on 23 May. It is up to the EU whether to grant an extension to the Article 50 process after MPs repeatedly rejected the withdrawal agreement reached between the UK and the bloc. Its likely the EU will reject it again and offer a longer extension with the ability to leave earlier if Parliament agrees a deal

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