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France calls second Brexit delay talk 'premature' and is 'awaiting a credible plan'

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France calls second Brexit delay talk 'premature' and is 'awaiting a credible plan'
Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May as depicted by French street artist Combo. Photo: AFP
13:13 CEST+02:00
France considers it "premature" to discuss an additional delay to Britain's exit from the European Union, demanding that London presents "a clear plan" that would justify pushing Brexit back again, a French presidency source said on Friday.

France had "taken note" of the formal request that Britain had made on Friday for an extension to June 30th, the source said, adding: "We are waiting for a credible plan between now and the (EU) summit on April 10th, when we will study the request."

"A delay is a tool, but it is not a solution in itself," the source said.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has written to the EU to request another extension to Brexit. Photo: AFP

In a letter, British Prime Minister Theresa May told EU Council president Donald Tusk that she wanted to ensure her country left the bloc in an "orderly way", as she fights to have the current exit deal approved by parliament.

The EU has already agreed to move back the original March 29th deadline to April 12th to give May more time to win backing from MPs for a deal.

British lawmakers have already rejected the deal she negotiated with the EU three times.

Earlier on Friday, an EU official said Tusk would suggest to member states that they offer Britain a flexible 12-month delay to Brexit, removing some of the pressure on May to ram through a deal by next Wednesday's summit meeting.

But a French diplomatic source appeared to pour cold water on that idea as well, describing the rumours about such an extension as "a clumsy trial balloon."

 
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alan stuart - 05 Apr 2019 13:51
Macron's all mouth. Likes to be the centre of attention but he'll fall in line with the other 26 like he always does.
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