British PM asks European Union to postpone Brexit date until June 30

British PM asks European Union to postpone Brexit date until June 30

Under the current terms agreed with the European Union, the United Kingdom is due to leave the bloc by May 22 if the British Prime Minister's repeatedly-rejected divorce bill clears the House of Commons or crash out without any deal in place by April 12.

Prime Minister Theresa May has today, Friday, April 5, sent a letter to President of the European Council Donald Tusk, formally requesting a second extension to Article 50 to delay Brexit.

May said that if an agreement was reached before this date, then Britain proposed that the extension should be ended early.

An extension requires unanimous approval from the 27 remaining leaders, some of whom are fed up with Brexit uncertainty and reluctant to prolong it further.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said May still had "many questions" to clarify.

The SNP's Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, said the Prime Minister now had to offer a referendum on Brexit. Following a referendum held on 23 June 2016.

The stark warning about the "seismic" changes to British politics that would be unleashed if the May 23 European Parliament elections went ahead came as the government sought to revive talks with Labour aimed at finding a Brexit compromise. That's a scenario Parliament is working to prevent, and May has said she won't lead the country out of the bloc without a deal unless lawmakers consent to it.

Mr Tusk's call may not be welcomed by all European Union leaders, including French president Emmanuel Macron, who has previously claimed that unless there was "credible justification" for an extension, then one should not be granted.

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She wants Brussels to "force her to do something else so that at least she won't get accused of selling out".

May is racing against the clock in a desperate bid to get her deal approved in time for an European Union leaders' summit in Brussels on Wednesday, when a formal decision on any extension will be made.

The Brexit Party was founded in January by Catherine Blaiklock, reportedly with Mr Farage's full support.

She has since turned to the opposition Labour Party in a bid to secure a majority for an orderly Brexit although its leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday he was waiting for May to move her Brexit red lines.

Meanwhile, UK finance minister Philip Hammond said he was optimistic over the deal the government is trying to strike with Labour.

May now is asking for Britain's departure to be pushed back until June 30, hoping to reach a compromise with Labour and a deal through Parliament in a matter of weeks.

May's letter said that should she fail to find a compromise with Labour, the two sides would instead look to establish a consensus on several clear options on the future relationship with Europe.

On Saturday night Downing Street said discussions with Labour to find a Brexit compromise that could pass through parliament before Wednesday's European Union summit were "ongoing" at a technical level, but declined to be drawn on whether there were any plans to hold votes tomorrow or Tuesday, before May heads to Brussels.