Prime Minister Theresa May formally asked the European Union to postpone Britain’s departure from the bloc – due in nine days – until June 30. But an exasperated EU said Britain would have to accept either a shorter delay or a much longer one.In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, Mrs May said the Brexit process “clearly will not be completed before 29 March, 2019” – the date fixed in law two years ago for Britain’s departure.She asked for a delay until June 30, and said she wanted to set out her reasons to EU leaders at a summit in Brussels on Thursday.The EU warned Britain it would have to hold elections to the European Parliament if it wants to delay Brexit until the end of June.Before Mrs May put in the request, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urged her in a phone call not to set a date that was beyond the May 23 to 26 European elections.An internal commission briefing note prepared ahead of this week’s EU summit and seen by AFP warned that delaying Brexit to June 30 would bring “serious legal and political risks”.Opposition politicians, and pro-EU members of Mrs May’s Conservative government, had… Read full this story
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