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Short Brexit extension possible -- Tusk

President of the European Council Donald Tusk
President of the European Council Donald Tusk
BRUSSELS, March 20 (KUNA) -- The President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Wednesday said that a short Brexit extension will be possible, "but it will be conditional on a positive vote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons." "The question remains open as to the duration of such an extension. Prime Minister May's proposal, of 30 June, which has its merits, creates a series of questions of a legal and political nature. Leaders will discuss this tomorrow," he told journalists after receiving a letter from UK Prime Minister Theresa May. Tusk said he and May discussed these proposals, noting that she requested to extend the Brexit period from 29 March until 30 June 2019.
Tusk said he does not foresee at this time an extraordinary meeting of EU leaders on Brexit.
"If the leaders approve my recommendations, and if there is a positive vote in the House of Commons next week, we can finalise and formalise the decision on the extension in a written procedure. However, if there is such a need, I will not hesitate to invite the members of the European Council for a meeting to Brussels next week," he said.
"Even if the hope for a final success may seem frail, even illusory, and although Brexit fatigue is increasingly visible and justified, we cannot give up seeking - until the very last moment - a positive solution, of course without opening up the Withdrawal Agreement," he added. (end) nk.gb