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No Brexit extension beyond Oct 31, says EU's Juncker

IANS  |  Strasbourg (France) 

The is not likely to extend the period beyond the current - and already delayed - date of October 31, said on Tuesday.

The told a plenary that if the fails to ratify the withdrawal -- an almost 600-page document negotiated with the EU -- before October 31 then it would crash out in a so-called hard

He warned that the UK must also prepare to take part in upcoming European or face an earlier exit than scheduled, news reported.

"If the UK is a member on May 23, it must organize European elections, if it does not do so and the withdrawal is not ratified by May 22, the extension ends on May 31," he said, adding that the stipulation was founded on a legal basis.

The becomes illegal if a member state fails to run in the elections and therefore has representation in the chamber. The UK has 73 MEPs.

said the led by could revoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the mechanism that officially notified the EU of its intention to leave, if it wishes.

May's has been shot down in the House of Commons, the UK's lower chamber of Parliament, three times. The Conservative was engaged in talks with the opposition in a bid to strike a consensus that would command a parliamentary majority.

said the UK should not be treated as a "second-class" member state during the extension period. "I am strongly opposed to the idea that during this further extension the UK be treated as a second category member state."

"I also advised members of the chamber not to let Brexit-fatigue affect their judgment.

"I know that on both sides of the channel everyone, including myself, is exhausted with However, this is not an excuse to says 'let's just get this over with because we are tired'.

"We must continue to deal with Brexit with an open mind and in a civilized manner. Because whatever happens we are bound by common fate and want to remain friends and close partners in the future," Tusk added.



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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 19:12 IST