European Union Says A Brexit Delay Is 'Possible' But Only With Deal
European Council President Donald Tusk says he believes a short Brexit extension would be possible if the British parliament approves the Brexit divorce deal.
His comments come in response to a letter by British Prime Minister Theresa May requesting a delay of Britain's departure from the EU until June 30.
Currently, Britain is set to leave the bloc on March 29.
"I believe that a short extension will be possible, but it will be conditional on a positive vote on the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons," Tusk said on Wednesday, referring to Britain's lower house of parliament.
However, he questions the length of the extension, noting that May's proposed date of June 30 has its merits but also "creates a series of questions of a legal and political nature".
If parliament approves the Brexit divorce package next week, EU leaders should be able to finalise their extension decision without holding a special summit, Tusk noted, while adding that he "will not hesitate" to invite them back to Brussels if necessary.
The British parliament is holding an emergency debate on May's request for a three-month delay to Brexit after an application by the opposition Labour Party.
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