Brussels demands a 12-month Brexit ‘flextension’: Tusk backs PM’s request for delay if her talks with Corbyn fail and says moving UK’s departure to 10 April 2020 is ‘the only sensible way out’

The EU today revealed that it will demand a year-long delay to Brexit until April next year if Theresa May fails to get a deal through Parliament.

Donald Tusk revealed the 12-month ‘flextension’ offer and will describe the plan as ‘the only reasonable way out’ when he presents it to the leaders of the EU’s 27 member states later today.

This morning the Prime Minister will send a letter to Mr Tusk to formally request an extension to Article 50 that will delay the UK’s departure beyond April 12 – but will seek a ‘termination clause’, Government sources have said.

This would allow the UK to leave on May 22 – the day before European elections – if a deal can be pushed through the UK Parliament. But if this fails, the delay is likely to extend until at least the end of the year.

Theresa May’s cabinet is considering giving MPs a vote on holding a second referendum as the price of a deal with Jeremy Corbyn, it emerged today.

But ministers are considering quitting if Britain does not leave by May and backbench Brexiteers said today: ‘The little bit of credibility she has left would be completely shattered’ if she offered a new public poll.

Talks between Mrs May and Mr Corbyn continue today with a customs union proposal looking the most likely compromise.

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