May Asks E.U. for a Short Brexit Delay. Tusk Offers a One-Year ‘Flextension.’



Benjamin Mueller | The New York Times

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union on Friday to delay Britain’s departure from the bloc for a second time — until June 30 — and conceded that the country was preparing to take part in elections for the European Parliament in May.

Mrs. May made a formal request in a letter to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, for a postponement of the departure, now scheduled for April 12, but analysts said her proposed date was likely to be rejected in Brussels.

British news reports said that Mr. Tusk was pushing European leaders to offer Mrs. May a one-year extension while leaving the door open to an earlier withdrawal if Britain ratifies a deal for Brexit, as the process is known.

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