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Short Brexit Extension is Possible but Conditional: Donald Tusk

POLITICO Europe

“A short Brexit extension is "possible" but "conditional", EU Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday, in a short press conference in reaction to UK PM Theresa May's decision to ask Brussels for a Brexit extension until June 30, Euronews reported.

The condition for an extension is for the British parliament to vote for the Withdrawal Agreement deal that Prime Minister Theresa May struck with the EU, Tusk stated.

The head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, recommended the UK to withdraw from the EU before the European Parliament elections, which will be held in May 2019.

The EU27  leaders will meet to discuss Brexit at the European Council in Brussels on March 21.

Tusk mentioned that he "did not foresee" the need for an additional extraordinary meeting to discuss Brexit after the summit.

In a letter to the EU sent on Wednesday, May requested an extension to Article 50, which she triggered on 29 March 2019 and gave the UK two years to negotiate its EU exit.

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