Breaking News: Prime Minister requests three-month Brexit delay
20th March 2019
The prime minister has confirmed that she has asked for an extension to Article 50 that would delay Brexit by three months.
Speaking in prime minister's questions in the House of Commons this lunchtime, Theresa May said that she had asked for an extension beyond the March 29 deadline.
Mrs May confirmed that she has written to European Council president Donald Tusk to ask for the deadline be moved to June 30.
Saying it would be "unacceptable" for the UK to elect MEPs in May's European elections, Mrs May said she was not prepared to delay Brexit any later than the end of June.
Mrs May said: "On Thursday the house voted for a short extension... the motion also made it clear that a longer extension would oblige the UK to take part in elections to the European parliament.
"I do not believe such elections would be anyone's interests.
"The idea that after three years after voting to leave the EU, the country should be asked to elect a new set of MEPs is, I believe, unacceptable.
"It would be a failure to deliver on a referendum decision this house said it would deliver.
"I have therefore written to Donald Tusk informing him that the UK seeks an extension of the Article 50 period to June 30.
"The government intends to bring forward proposals for a third meaningful vote. If that is passed, th extension will give us time to consider the withdrawal agreement bill.
"If not the house will have to decide how to proceed. But as Prime Minister I am not prepared to delay Brexit any later than the 30th of June."
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