The Latest: Some EU leaders favor granting Brexit delay

The Latest on Britain’s Departure from the European Union (all times local):

6:05 p.m.

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas states the EU”must do everything we could” to protect against the U.K. being out of the EU with no withdrawal bargain or transition period, which might happen Friday if Brexit is not postponed.

Ratas says”naturally” Estonia will encourage an extension.

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins says if Britain is requesting additional hours,”I believe we ought to think about giving them time.”

May has requested to drive Brexit back until June 30, but most in the EU favor a delay of up to a year to offer politicians more time to rest the political impasse around Brexit of the country.

But French President Emmanuel Macron has cautioned that”nothing is decided.”


5:55 p.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron says”nothing is decided” on if and how long of a Brexit wait to offer Britain.

Macron is seen as the European pioneer most strongly opposed to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s request for one more delay into the U.K.’s departure in the European Union.

While others voiced their willingness to give the extension until June 30 or even next year, Macron said Wednesday at a Brexit summit in Brussels which”nothing is determined.”

Upon arriving at the summit, Macron insisted “clarity” from May about what Britain wants, and said”nothing should undermine the European project.”


4:50 p.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has signaled she is prepared to accept a very lengthy delay to Brexit in the event the European Union leaders insist, so long as the U.K. has the choice of leaving earlier if lawmakers ratify an EU divorce bargain.

Arriving in a crisis Brexit summit in Brussels on Wednesday, May said she”heavily discriminated” the U.K. has not abandoned the EU yet. Other leaders at the summit have been currently talking her petition to push the passing on June 30 to provide more time to approve divorce terms to Britain’s feuding politicians.

However, a more expansion is favored by the bloc.

May stated:”What’s significant is that any expansion enables us to depart at the point at which we ratify the withdrawal agreement.”

She says she’s hopeful that could be by May 22.


3:40 p.m.

The Czech Republic’s prime minister claims he supports the proposal of European Council President Donald Tusk to grant Britain a more delay than it has asked from the European Union for its passing.

British Prime Minister Theresa May travels to Brussels to attend EU summit seeking for another extension before June 30, to the departure of Britain. Britain is scheduled to depart the EU on Friday.

Tusk has proposed a delay of around a calendar year, together with conditions attached to make sure while it stays a member EU decision-making does not be stymied by Britain.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis states that Tusk’s strategy would”calm down the problem” and give Britain time enough to choose what it wants to perform.

Babis states:”it is a good proposal.”

EU countries have become increasingly exasperated with all the political branch and doubt in Britain.


3:25 p.m.

Authorities spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye is cautioning that the possibility of a Brexit exists before a European Union summit.

Ndiaye said the issue has been brought up at the Elysee palace through the weekly Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, since President Emmanuel Macron was intending to head for the summit to Brussels.

“The no-deal option is clearly the one we would least want… there is really a risk and France is prepared”, she said.

Ndiaye said that France is receptive to granting an expansion to the Brexit deadline but”this is not automatic.” France needs a”clean and credible potential” from Britain and commitments not to endanger the EU institutions, she said.

She declined to offer.

Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on Friday, with or without a bargain.


3:10 p.m.

Britainpolitical parties are now still preparing to do something they have long contended against.

Anti-EU figurehead Nigel Farage claims his recently organized Brexit Party will operate from the elections. He says that the contest will deliver”a rebirth of busy Euroscepticism,” pushed by Britons’ anger in the failure to depart the EU.

Farage’s previous party, UKIP, also says it’ll run candidates in most pieces of the U.K.

Brexiteers have condemned Prime Minister Theresa May for trying to postpone the U.K.’s departure because she’s neglected to get Parliament’s approval for the EU withdrawal arrangement.

May is asking for a delay before June 30, although the EU could offer. Meaning Britain would have to take part in late-May elections for the European Parliament 3 decades after the country voted to leave the bloc.


2:05 p.m.

Brexit? What Brexit? Lawmakers have for the most part avoided the hot-button topic of the afternoon before Parliament throughout the yearly appearance of the prime minister.

Prime Minister Theresa May did not face the degree of harsh questioning during the Wednesday session only hours before a vital European Union summit in Brussels.

She was asked more questions about police financing and taxation policy than about her request for a delay in the April 12 passing from the EU of Britain.

Brexit was not brought up by opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, as May prepares to ask the EU for an expansion and several lawmakers slough off from the typical bickering.

May did state her position holding another EU referendum hasn’t changed, meaning she is opposed.


1:50 p.m.

Merkel told German lawmakers Wednesday that she’ll fulfill before the European Union summit later in the afternoon with French President Emmanuel Macron, who has taken a hard line over recent months.

Pressed on what sort of extension Germany backs, Merkel responded:”I prefer, if there’s a broad bulk for this today, possibly making it a delay of several months — although not delaying anything, so once Britain has determined the withdrawal can occur instantly.”

Prime Minister Theresa May visited her case to be made by France and Germany Tuesday, and has asked for a delay until June 30.


1:30 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has set out three requirements for a delay that was likely to the departure of Britain from the European Union.

Merkel addressed lawmakers on Wednesday before EU leaders meet in Brussels to determine whether to give Britain’s request beyond the Friday night job that was recent.

She added that there also has to be”a readiness to take part constructively in decisions.”


1:20 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the European Union might choose a longer Brexit delay compared to the one sought from the British government, but it would be elastic enough to permit Brexit”very quickly” after London Requires the withdrawal arrangement.

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to mull the request for Brexit of Prime Minister Theresa May to be delayed until June 30. Britain threats spelled out with no deal on Friday, if no extension is allowed.

Merkel told German lawmakers a disorderly Brexit”is not in our interest”

She said of Wednesday’s result that”it might well be a more extension than the one of the British prime minister asked for, but we will shape this extension in this way that if Britain has accepted the withdrawal agreement, Britain can then finish its orderly withdrawal quite shortly after” with a two-year transition period.

She didn’t define how long the extension might be.


12:45 p.m.

Along with the legislators advised the EU leaders they have to make sure if a lengthy extension to their death is granted, that Britain will not become obstructionist.

They said the summit”will be advised to offer the U.K. having an expansion which should be appropriately framed to honor the principle of genuine cooperation.”

The European Parliament will need to accept any agreement May reaches to ensure it is binding.


11:35 a.m.

Groups representing producers from the U.K. and throughout the continent have long shrunk to European leaders to use Britain to avoid a divorce from the bloc with no deal.

Create UK and sister organization Ceemet issued a joint letter to heads of state and chief negotiator Michel Barnier warning of financial shock in the event of a Brexit.

The groups say that while they recognize efforts have been made to deal with chaos that a no-deal situation would cause,”it has to be clear that neither the EU nor the UK are prepared, and as a consequence European business is also not adequately prepared, for this cliff edge situation”

Prime Minister Theresa May travels to request to Britain’s death, before June 30. Britain is scheduled to depart the EU on Friday.


9:30 a.m.

European Union Council President Donald Tusk and leaders such as British Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of an emergency summit are meeting to determine whether to grant that a delay in its death to the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Donald Tusk meets with the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands and eventually May shortly before Wednesday evening’s summit starts.

It’s very likely to be a tough day for its embattled leader since she pleads for a second extension until June 30, to prevent Britain’s departure scheduled for Friday.

Tusk has proposed an even more delay of around a year with terms attached to make sure Britain doesn’t stymie EU decision making if it remains a part.

EU countries are now increasingly exasperated with uncertainty and the political division in Britain.