A senior German official demanded "substantial steps" forward in Britain's Brexit standoff and insisted on Tuesday that any further delay to Britain's withdrawal must come with strict conditions, as Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to plead for more time in Berlin and Paris.
The draft did stress the EU was ready to upgrade the political declaration setting out the blueprint of the new EU-UK deal after Brexit should London so wish.
So May will certainly be grilled by her European Union peers on how she'll deliver a negotiated Brexit if even her risky and late gamble of alienating her own colleagues to take tea with the enemy were to flop.
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The BBC's Brussels correspondent Adam Fleming said the document referred to an extension lasting "only as long as is necessary and, in any event, no longer than XX.XX.XXXX and ending earlier if the withdrawal agreement is ratified".
At a tense meeting in Downing Street, Eurosceptic Cabinet ministers expressed their dismay over the links with Mr Corbyn and the prospect of a lengthy delay to Brexit.
The French leader has taken the lead in pushing for the bloc to be ready to show Britain the door if Westminster can not not ratify a withdrawal deal.
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The obligation for the United Kingdom to be a good partner emerged after Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group of Brexiteer Tories, said that Britain should use its powers "to be difficult". Parliament has voted tonight against the damage & chaos that No Deal would cause for jobs, manufacturing, medicine supplies, policing & security. Discussions with Jeremy Corbyn do not appear to be making any progress with minister Dr Liam Fox warning Mrs May that the customs union with the EU Labour is demanding would be the "worst of both worlds" and EU leaders are growing exhausted of repeated extension requests.
The law does not actually prevent a no-deal Brexit when the deadline for Britain runs out on Friday, as that is the legal default if Britain and the European Union can not agree on an extension at the summit.
The cross-party discussions are taking place as the Tories launch a selection process for candidates to stand in European Parliament elections next month.
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Mrs May has asked for a new delay until June 30 but, according to reports, Brexit could be delayed by almost a year under plans being considered by European Union officials.
The Cabinet Office said the elections would be cancelled automatically if the United Kingdom left before then.
Mrs Leadsom acknowledged Mrs May was focused on requesting an extension to the Article 50 deadline but insisted the United Kingdom was still in control of Brexit, saying "yes it is, at the moment it is".
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