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UK asks EU for Brexit delay till June 30

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UK has written to requesting another extension of till June 30, the media reported on Friday.

The UK is currently due to leave the EU on April 12 and no withdrawal has been approved by MPs yet.

May said she wanted an extension to June 30 -- a date rejected by the when the UK last sought a delay -- to give more time for cross-party negotiations over the political impasse in

However, it is likely that the EU will propose a longer process instead. Tusk is understood to prefer a year-long extension, which could be shortened if and when the UK ratifies a withdrawal deal, the reported.

This so-called "flextension" will be offered at a summit in next Wednesday, an EU familiar with the plan said.

It is not clear, however, if Tusk plan will will be favoured by all EU member states. The said that "some ritual rumbling" could be expected, reports say.

May said a further postponement to the date is needed if the UK is to avoid leaving the EU without a deal, a scenario both EU leaders and many British MPs believe would create problems for businesses and cause difficulties at ports.

In any event, the UK must start preparing for elections to the European Parliament, which begin on May 23.

May wrote in her letter that the "accepts the European Council's view" that it would be under a "legal obligation" to hold elections. The elections would be cancelled if a is reached before them, she said.

The May said it was "frustrating that we have not yet brought this process to a successful and orderly conclusion," adding that the "remains strongly committed to doing so and will continue to act as a constructive and responsible member state of the in according with the duty of sincere cooperation throughout this unique period".

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First Published: Fri, April 05 2019. 15:14 IST
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