Trade news > Brexit: EU poised to insist on withdrawal no later than 22 May
Daniel Boffey | The Guardian
The European Union is poised to take control of Britain’s exit by rejecting Theresa May’s request for a three-month delay and setting a new withdrawal date of no later than May 22.
The British prime minister is seeking an extension of the negotiating period to June 30 to allow the necessary legislation to be passed should she finally get MPs to back her deal next week.
But EU ambassadors at a meeting late on Wednesday night agreed that the risks of having the UK as a member state beyond May 23, when European elections are due, were too high.