European leaders are poised to grant Theresa May an extended extension to Britain’s membership of the EU at an emergency summit in Brussels tonight.

The prime minister is anticipated to plead with EU leaders to delay Brexit till 30 June, quite than see the UK crash out with out deal on Friday.

However European Council president Donald Tusk created a contemporary headache for the PM by suggesting EU leaders grant the UK an extended extension of as much as a 12 months.

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Earlier, Austria’s international minister stated that she believed the EU would agree an extension however there can be “a whole lot of circumstances”.

Karin Kneissl instructed At present: “In precept, I am of the impression that that is someway settled.

“However, nonetheless, I assume that a whole lot of circumstances is perhaps connected.”

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Stephen Barclay additionally echoed considerations from worldwide commerce secretary Liam Fox about becoming a member of a everlasting customs union with the EU. Labour has been pushing for an settlement on customs in talks with No10.

However Mr Barclay instructed At present: “I do not assume a everlasting customs union is an effective method ahead.

“Now we have truly negotiated one thing higher within the political declaration.”

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Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay instructed BBC Radio four’s At present programme: “I do not need to see a delay for as much as a 12 months.

“However, the important thing with any delay is we’re capable of terminate it as soon as we ratify so that we are able to then get on and get a deal by parliament, ratify that settlement and depart the EU.

“And I believe that’s what the EU leaders need, it’s what the prime minister desires.”

Requested if the EU was now in command of the scenario, Mr Barclay stated: “That could be a consequence of parliament, not the federal government.

“The federal government has agreed a cope with the EU. It’s parliament that has compelled this on the federal government.”

On talks with Labour, Mr Barclay stated: “In the event that they fail, the PM has stated that we are going to come again to parliament and have a look at how we then get readability on a vote.

“One of many challenges there can be is how we have now a secure majority to go the laws that may comply with that vote.

“However, we’d come again to parliament and search to get a consensus on the assorted choices.”

Theresa Might is heading to Brussels later right now for an emergency summit, the place she is going to plead with the EU for a delay to Brexit.

However EU leaders are contemplating giving Ms Might a Brexit extension till the tip of the 12 months, warning the PM that she wanted “a transparent plan with credible political backing” if she wished the delay to avert no deal on Friday.

Extra from our Europe correspondent Jon Stone:

European leaders are “drained and fed up” with the UK’s Brexit indecision, in line with one EU diplomat. 

Talking anonymously to Reuters, they stated: “Persons are drained and fed up – however what to do? We cannot be those pushing the UK off the cliff edge.”

Good morning and welcome to The Impartial‘s dwell protection of one other crunch day within the UK’s lengthy and winding journey out of the EU.

Theresa Might is right now set to repeat her name to increase Britain’s membership of the bloc till 30 June, because the prospect of a no-deal Brexit on Friday looms.

However European leaders are anticipated to supply an extended “flextension” of as much as a 12 months. Such an possibility would enable Britain to go away earlier if the Brexit impasse in Westminster is damaged.