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Brexit deadline extension only makes sense if raises chances of deal, Barnier says

20 March 2019

An extension of Brexit talks beyond the March 29th deadline would only make sense if it increased the chances of the already agreed deal being ratified by Britain, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday.

EU CHIEF BREXIT NEGOTIATOR, MICHEL BARNIER, said "If Prime Minister May requests such an extension before the European Council on Thursday, it will be for the 27 leaders to assess the reason and the usefulness for an extension. EU leaders will need a concrete plan for the UK in order to be able to make an informed decision. And key questions will be: does an extension increase the chances for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement?"

Barnier said the British government and parliament must decide quickly on how to move forward.