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Brexit: European Council urges UK to 'not waste' extension period


of the European Council, Donald Tusk, on Wednesday (local time) urged the to "not waste" the six-month extension granted to prevent 'no-deal'

also expressed optimism that a deal would be reached at the end of the extension period.

Speaking after announcing an agreed extension until October 2019, with a review meeting in June, said, "Please do not waste this time. I am hopeful that a breakthrough can occur in this time."

clarified that the June meeting is just to "update on the progress" not to "decide another extension".

Playing down France's fear that the UK might cause "trouble", announced that Britain will remain a full member till October 31 and will have to participate in the European Union's election on May 23.

Meanwhile, British has reiterated that Britain will leave the (EU) earlier than October 31.

She also requested the to break the extension by passing her deal. She said if a deal is cleared before May 23, then the country will not have to hold the EU election.

The UK was due to leave on April 12 without a deal. However, the EU called a marathon emergency summit to prevent 'no deal'

During the summit, the leaders exchanged views on Theresa May's deal and held lengthy discussions on the extension to allow more time for the UK to leave the EU without any agreement, reported.

The UK was initially scheduled to leave the block on March 29, but during the last meeting, the UK was provided with a two-tier deadline of May 27, should the withdrawal agreement be passed in the House of Commons, or April 12 if it did not.

While the has failed to reach an agreement on the deal, talks between May's and the opposition have remained futile.

Last week, May met German in to hold talks on a short delay to the Brexit process as well as preventing efforts to not allow the UK to leave the 28-member EU bloc without any deal.

On the same day, May flew to to meet French Emmanuel Macron, another of the EU, to support a delay to the Brexitprocess, but with conditions.

quoted a for the French President as saying on Tuesday that an extension of up to a year would be "too long."

The underlined that the Withdrawal Agreement finalised between May and the EU cannot be renegotiated and the UK should accept "strict conditions" if it was granted a delay to the Brexit process to June 30.

Notably, the had rejected May's Brexit deal thrice. Parliamentarians have also rejected four alternative proposals for the UK's exit from the EU.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 10:11 IST