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EU to reject Brexit delay request
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EU to reject Brexit delay request

    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 22 May. The prime minister is seeking an extension of the negotiating period to 30 June 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 23 May, when European elections are due, were too high. Sources said that during the discussions some member states had favoured a longer period and some a shorter but that the room coalesced around 22 May as the absolute limit. The heads of state and government will hold a discussion this...