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European Council President Donald Tusk

In the Brexit saga, a no-deal withdrawal is possible again as Donald Tusk has warned EU leaders will only agree to a short delay if MPs back Theresa May’s deal in March.

British news portal The Guardian reports that the European Council President after receiving the prime minister’s formal letter requesting a three-month extension of article 50, admitted that success appeared «frail, even illusory» on the eve of Thursday’s summit.

The German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, stated on Twitter: «The letter from Theresa May has not solved any problem yet. If the European council [summit of leaders] is to decide on an extension of the deadline for Britain, we would like to know what is the concrete purpose.»

Tusk commented that the EU27’s heads of state or government would be likely to agree in principle at the summit on Thursday to an extension up to May 23 or June 30, and sign it off without needing to meet next week should May be able to find a majority in the Commons at the third time of asking.


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