Theresa May seeks June 30 extension to prevent chaotic April 12 Brexit

By Helene Fung

In a letter to the European Union President Donald Tusk, British Prime Minister Theresa May asked for an extension of the deadline by which Britain must exit the EU to the 30th of June.

The EU is scheduled to meet on the 10th of April, and unless an agreement is reached by then, Britain would be leaving the EU without a withdrawal deal, which could mean chaos.

Mr Tusk actually proposed a longer time frame of up to a year to ensure that Britain’s exit would not be so chaotic it could undermine commerce.

Some British politicians who are pro-“no-deal” Brexit however suggested that might try to create trouble should Brexit be delayed. Outspoken Brexit advocate Jacob Rees-Mogg tweeted on Friday that “if a long extension leaves us stuck in the EU, we should be as difficult as possible”.

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