Emmanuel Macron is leading European efforts to stop Britain from getting any new delay to Brexit without a ‘clear and credible’ plan for leaving, saying we should otherwise be left to quit ‘in a disorderly manner’. Paris today attacked both Theresa May’s plea to postpone leaving until June 30 and a separate plan from European Council president Donald Tusk to keep us in the trade bloc for a year. A French diplomatic source said Mr Tusk’s idea for a ‘flextension’ until March 29 2020 was ‘a clumsy trial balloon’ ahead of an emergency summit next Wednesday. And European affairs minister Amélie de Montchalin warned that Theresa May’s desire for a short extension of Article 50 with a break mechanism to leave sooner if a Withdrawal Agreement passed through Parliament was not likely to succeed. ‘The European council took a clear decision on 21 March … Another extension requires the UK to put forward a plan with clear and credible political backing,’ she told the Guardian. ‘The council would then define the necessary conditions attached to that extension, she said. ‘In the absence of such a plan, we would have to acknowledge that the UK chose to leave the EU in… Read full this story
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