BREXIT: British PM Theresa May talks with German and French leaders before crunch EU summit

TALKS: UK Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Shutterstock

BRITAIN’S prime minister held talks with the leaders of France and Germany today (Tuesday) ahead of an emergency EU Brexit summit tomorrow.

Theresa May travelled first to Berlin and then to Paris for meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron respectively.

It comes as EU leaders are expected to push for a year-long extension to Brexit at a Brussels meeting tomorrow.

May said a delay up to the end of this year or the start of the next was a possibility. The Prime Minister previously wrote to European Council president Donald Tusk to request an extension to Sunday June 30.

Merkel previously said she was prepared to do everything possible to prevent a hard Brexit.

It comes as Britain’s Parliament passed a law yesterday (Monday) to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said approval for Britain’s request for an extension would depend on whether Parliament passes the Withdrawal Agreement.

EU Withdrawal Bill gives MPs the power to scrutinise proposals from May and change her short extension request.

Separately, Britain’s ruling Conservatives opened applications for candidates to stand in this year’s European Parliament elections showing that it is increasingly likely voters will go to the polls despite Brexit.

A Downing Street spokesperson said the government was working ‘very hard’ to avoid contesting the elections.

Britain is currently scheduled to leave the EU on Friday, with or without a deal.

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