Mrs May made it clear that she will seek to leave the bloc before the European Parliament elections on May 23. She said that “responsible preparations” will be made for the UK to take part in the polls if that does not prove possible. Her request will be considered at an emergency EU summit on Wednesday, where it requires the unanimous agreement of the leaders of the remaining 27 member states. However, Mr Tusk is understood to be recommending a longer postponement of one year, with a break clause in the case of earlier ratification, in a so-called “flextension” deal.
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