Brexit: Over half of United Kingdom voters want second referendum

Theresa May and Angela Merkel

The summit begins at 17:00 London time and May will formally present her case for requesting a short delay to Brexit until June 30, asking for the option to leave if a deal is agreed by the U.K. Parliament before then.

He said the United Kingdom could still leave before that date if it got an agreement through Parliament in time and that ministers were committed to leaving at the "earliest opportunity".

It goes on to say the European Union "expects the United Kingdom to fulfil this treaty obligation in a manner that reflects its situation as a withdrawing member state", while the length of the extension is left blank.

Mr Barclay told Ms Husein: "The Prime Minister is looking for a short extension and that is what the discussions this evening will be about".

Ministers remain determined to take Britain out of the European Union at the "earliest opportunity", Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said, as Brussels appeared poised to grant a lengthy delay to Britain's departure.

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Over half of Britons are in favour of any final deal or agreement reached by the government being put to a public referendum.

"That is a effect of Parliament, not the Government".

The UK would be expected to refrain from using its veto on the MFF but senior diplomats said there would be a way around the problem if the British government went "rogue".

"Our experience so far, as well as the deep divisions within the House of Commons, give us little reason to believe that the ratification process can be completed by the end of June".

The leaders also discussed the ongoing situations in Yemen and Libya. "One possibility would be a flexible extension, which would last only as long as necessary and no longer than one year", Tusk wrote.

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"The UK would be free to leave whenever it is ready".

European Union leaders want to know she has a plan to break the U.K.'s political impasse, but talks between the government and its political opponents over a compromise have yet to bear fruit.

A draft summit communique, obtained by the Guardian, and to be agreed by the EU27's leaders on Wednesday, assumes in return for an extension a "commitment by the United Kingdom to act in a constructive and responsible manner throughout this unique period in accordance with the duty of honest cooperation".

May arrives in Brussels for a pre-summit meeting with Tusk before explaining her delay request to the leaders who will then discuss their next move.

May's working lunch with Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday, ahead of the European Council, was an opportunity for her to outline the steps her government is taking to bring the Brexit process to a successful conclusion.

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A press conference with Mrs May is likely to be held after the summit, and the PM is expected to update MPs on Thursday.

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