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Amid the continued uncertainty, Tusk is considering proposing an offer of a 12-month "flexible" extension to the Brexit date, the BBC reported on Friday, citing a senior European Union source.

Unless May can agree to a closer post-Brexit economic relationship with the European Union as advocated by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Britain could be forced at the summit, two days before Britain is due to leave the bloc, into a long Brexit delay of around a year.

They still think the most likely scenario is for the United Kingdom to leave the EU in an "orderly fashion" before the European parliamentary elections in May.

Ms May offered to quit to get her deal passed but it was defeated for a third time last Friday, the day Britain was originally due to leave the EU.

PPS By requesting a delay to "just" 30 June, Theresa May is trolling those who want a confirmatory referendum, or people's vote, because that delay is nowhere near long enough to accommodate a referendum.

Nigel Farage has announced that he will stand in the European Parliament elections next month for his new Brexit Party.

Brexit is now mired in doubt, almost three years since the United Kingdom shocked the world by voting 52 percent to 48 to leave the bloc.

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There are also concerns in Europe that some British politicians who want to provoke a "no-deal" Brexit might try to make trouble from inside the bloc, a course that outspoken Brexit advocate Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested Friday.

"There are important decisions to be taken after European Union elections", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to comment on closed-door meetings preparing for next week's summit.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told reporters in Bucharest: "If we are not able to understand the reason why the United Kingdom is asking for an extension, we can not give a positive answer". German Justice Minister Katarina Barley tweeted: "This playing for time must end".

She is now in talks with opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to find a way out of the deadlock, but it is not clear if they can find a solution in the next few days.

"We hope that intensive discussions in London can lead even by next Wednesday, when we will have our extraordinary summit, to a position that British Prime Minister Theresa May can present to us, that we can then discuss", Merkel told a news conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin.

Ms May said Britain would prepare for such an election, but she still hoped that an agreement would be reached sooner, allowing the extension to be ended early. The Labour Party said in a statement Friday it is "disappointed" that May's team is not offering real change.

Both main parties made commitments after the referendum to deliver Brexit, but they never settled on a plan for how to leave or what future relationship to seek.

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