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EU Said to See Mid-April Date for U.K. to Decide Brexit Fate

  • May heads to summit on Thursday with request to delay split
  • Barnier suggests election or referendum would justify a delay
Theresa May

Theresa May

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The European Union is likely to tell Theresa May that she must decide by mid-April whether to extend Brexit until 2020 or risk leaving in three months without a deal, a senior EU official said.

At a summit in Brussels on Thursday, leaders are likely to deliver an ultimatum that would give the British premier just three weeks to decide whether to gamble on getting the current Brexit deal through British Parliament by July.