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Good morning. This is Peter Walker, standing in for Andrew Sparrow. He’s in this afternoon, and will take the live blog late into the evening for the emergency European council summit in Brussels.
Right now, the UK is officially two days away from leaving the EU without a deal. But this afternoon Theresa May will head to Brussels to seek an extension to Brexit. She wants a delay of no more than 30 June. But the EU27, mindful that the PM has nothing meaningfully new to offer them, after cross-party talks with Labour broke up until Thursday, seem minded to seek a year.
I don’t want to see a delay for up to a year. But, the key with any delay is we are able to terminate it once we ratify in order that we can then get on and get a deal through parliament, ratify that agreement and leave the EU. And I think that is what the EU leaders want, it is what the Prime Minister wants.