May, Merkel agree on need for 'orderly' Brexit

British PM Theresa May on Tuesday met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to seek support for a new Brexit delay while her ministers tried to break the deadlock in London at crisis talks with the opposition Labour Party, news wires reported.

The UK asks EU for an extension to 30 June, with the option to bring this forward if a deal is ratified earlier. Without an extension, Britain is due to leave the EU at 2200 GMT on Friday.

“The leaders agreed on the importance of ensuring Britain’s orderly withdrawal from the European Union,” Downing Street said after the meeting. May was due to meet French President Emmanuel Macron later in the day.

On the eve of an emergency EU summit in Brussels, chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the bloc was ready to grant a delay, but that the duration “has got to be in line with the purpose of any such extension”. “Any extension should serve a purpose. The length should be proportional to the objective. Our objective is an orderly withdrawal,” Barnier told a news conference in Luxembourg.


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