Brexit: Over half of United Kingdom voters want second referendum

Brexit: Over half of United Kingdom voters want second referendum

Senior EU sources say the French president, Emmanuel Macron, is likely to seek to entrench the UK's reduced status in the EU at the leaders' Brexit summit on Wednesday evening.

European leaders were expected to postpone Brexit once again on Wednesday (10 April), when Prime Minister Theresa May attends another last-ditch summit still without a ratified divorce deal.

Stephen Barclay has dismissed the suggestion by European Council President Donald Tusk of a long Brexit extension of no more than a year.

"One possibility would be a flexible extension, which would last only as long as necessary and no longer than one year, as beyond that date we will need to decide unanimously on some key European projects".

Amid the uncertainties of what might happen in Brussels today, the only certainty is that the Brexit journey has a long way to run.

"We've never been closed to the idea of finding an alternative solution to "no deal" within certain limits and not at any price", the aide said on condition of anonymity.

"But what there is a common desire across the Conservative Party for is to get on with this, to actually get our exit through, and I think that is what most of the people listening to the programme up and down the country want to see".

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So far, UK MPs have rejected the withdrawal agreement May reached with other European leaders in 2018, so she is now asking for the leaving date to be extended. May has been holding cross-party talks in the hope that a compromise can be found over the deal.

THE bewildering Brexit process reaches another milestone today as the United Kingdom continues its torturous journey to leave the European Union. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a delay until the start of 2020 was a possibility.

"The length of the extension must be linked to the objective - what it's for - and that depends on what Mrs May will say to European leaders tomorrow", he said, after meeting EU ministers in Luxembourg. The U.K. could leave earlier than a newly agreed departure date if a deal is in place and Tusk reiterated that the U.K. could revoke Article 50 (the departure process) at any time.

The presenter took him to task on whether Mrs May would accept an even longer delay to Brexit.

May's chances of ratifying the withdrawal agreement she signed in Brussels in November previous year rely on either rebel MPs in her Conservative party and her Northern Irish allies backing her deal at the fourth time of asking - or a compromise with the opposition.

A Labour Party spokesperson said after the talks: "We had further detailed and wide-ranging talks with cabinet ministers and officials today".

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz told CNBC Tuesday that Germany is "well-prepared for an agreement or a Brexit without an agreement ..."

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