Emmanuel Macron will reportedly block Theresa May's appeal to postpone Brexit date
He wants to know that the plans are credible.
French President Emmanuel Macron will block Theresa May's appeal to have the Brexit deadline extended to 30 June this year, according to reports.
Any extension will be have to be agreed at a summit of EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday, but the postponement must be unanimously agreed by all 27 of the EU member states on the European Council.
French political and new magazine Le Point reports that Macron will oppose the extension and will make his feelings known at the summit on Thursday.
Although Huffington Post France reports that while Macron will be willing to consider the postponement, but will ask what a postponement will be used for and whether anything meaningful will change by granted the extension.
The news comes as May sent a formal letter to European Union, asking for a deadline extension to June 30 as we're just days away from the current deadline of 29 March.
Here’s May’s letter. She blames MPs and Speaker for the delay; says she hopes EU27 will ratify the concessions she got from Juncker last week - and then she’ll bring her deal back to the Commons for MV3; and leave by the end of June. pic.twitter.com/cVizKQ2TBZ
— Heather Stewart (@GuardianHeather) March 20, 2019
May said in her letter that she had intended to bring the proposed Withdrawal Agreement back in front of the House of Commons this week but the Speaker of the House said it would have to be "fundamentally different" before it could be voted on again.
The extension would bring further issues with European Elections due to be held in late May and whether or not the extension would require the UK to hold elections for the European Parliament.