May meeting Merkel, Macron to ask for Brexit extension

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday will meet with the leaders of Germany and France as she seeks an extension to the deadline for which the United Kingdom will exit the European Union even if no Brexit deal is agreed upon.

Reuters and CNN report that May is set to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, two key leaders in the EU, as the U.K. hopes to win more time to hammer out a deal to allow the country to exit the EU without major economic consequences.


May has faced growing calls to resign as her government has proved unable to pass any plan for leaving the EU through Parliament, where she has suffered repeated defeats in recent days.

Her officials remained in London to work on negotiations with lawmakers, a spokesman for May's office told CNN, while the prime minister works on securing an extension to the deadline which is now just three days away.

"We are committed to finding a way through in order to ensure we can leave the EU and deliver on the referendum. That will require the parties to work at pace in order to address outstanding issues — and so ministers and their shadow counterparts will be holding talks," a spokesman for 10 Downing Street told CNN.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, meanwhile, told Reuters that his team was prepared to grant another extension to the U.K., but warned that it would be "proportional" and that the U.K. would need to approve a deal in the days ahead.

“Any extension should serve a purpose. The length should be proportional to the objective. Our objective is an orderly withdrawal,” Michel Barnier said at a press conference, according to Reuters.

“No-deal will never be the EU’s decision. In order to avoid no-deal, the U.K. needs to agree to a deal,” he added.