PM’s letter comes as European council chief suggests delay that can end early if deal agreed

Theresa May has written to Donald Tusk, the president of European council, to ask for Brexit to be delayed until 30 June while she battles to find a cross-party agreement on the way forward.

Rather than the year-long flexible extension to article 50 recommended by Tusk, the prime minister suggests 30 June as the new departure date. It is the same date requested by the government last month, but rejected by EU leaders in Brussels.

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