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The UK impasse over Brexit casts a cloud of uncertainty over EU leaders meeting for emergency talks in Brussels on Wednesday.
So legally the UK could still exit on Friday. But neither the EU27 nor the UK Parliament wants it. An overwhelming majority of MPs voted against no deal.Donald Tusk 's 'flextension'
European Council President Donald Tusk is proposing a one-year flexible extension ("flextension"). It would have a break clause, allowing the UK to exit earlier, if the UK Parliament finally ratifies the withdrawal agreement. The House of Commons has already rejected the agreement Three Times .
The EU27 insists that the withdrawal deal cannot be renegotiated, but the accompanying political declaration - Spelling out ambitions for future Ties - Can be revised. That declaration is not legally binding.
There is still scope for the UK to agree, for example, to stay in a permanent customs union.
So why might the EU27 opt for "flextension"?
Any new EU decision to delay has to be unanimous; one country's veto could trigger no-deal Brexit .French scepticism
There is fierce Conservative opposition to the UK participating in the European elections. Exiting on 30 June would mean electing MEPs, but not actually sending them to Brussels, because the new parliament session starts on 2 July.
One of his MPs, Bruno Bonnell , told the BBC that "we've been giving some delays so far, with no result". With all the turmoil at Westminster, he said, "we have to accept that no deal might be the option".
A source close to President Macron also called Mr Tusk's one-year proposal "a clumsy trial balloon".President Macron objects to Theresa May 's Brexit "red lines"
What are the risks of a long delay for the EU27?Irish border worries
Taoiseach (Prime Minister ) Leo Varadkar favours a longer extension. He has warned that a no-deal Brexit would have dire consequences, almost certainly forcing The Return of a hard border with Northern Ireland .
But he is against "rolling extensions" like Mrs May 's new deadline, "because that just adds to the uncertainty".
The backstop in the withdrawal agreement is Dublin's guarantee that the Northern Ireland border will remain open, free of physical infrastructure.Germany fears no-deal Brexit
Norbert Röttgen, Head of the German parliament's foreign affairs committee, backed Mr Tusk's one-year delay.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says the EU has set "very clear deadlines and there is no reason to further extend those deadlines". "Unless the facts in Britain change. But we have not yet reached this point," he added.