Brexit: Prime Minister Theresa May requests new Brexit deadline of 30 June

Yvette Cooper has tabled a bill to prevent a no-deal Brexit

Mr Farage's comments came after Theresa May said the Government would begin "responsible preparations" for the United Kingdom to take part in the European Parliament elections on May 23 if her Withdrawal Agreement has not been ratified by then.

Such a move would mean that the United Kingdom needs to take part in the May 23-26 European elections - something which May has long argued against but said in her letter that Britain will make contingency plans to participate in if no Brexit deal is reached in the interim.

The request will be considered at an emergency European Union summit on April 10, where it requires the unanimous agreement of the leaders of the remaining 27 member states.

Earlier on Friday, an European Union official said Tusk would suggest to member states that they offer Britain a flexible 12-month delay to Brexit, removing some of the pressure on May to ram through a deal by next Wednesday's summit meeting.

"The only reasonable way out would be a long but flexible extension". The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to disclose information before it was made public.

Nigel Farage has announced that he will stand in the European Parliament elections next month for his new Brexit Party.

May also told EU Council president Donald Tusk in a formal letter that Britain would start preparing for its participation in European Parliament elections in case it is still a member of the bloc when they begin on May 23.

Brexit is now mired in doubt, almost three years since the United Kingdom shocked the world by voting 52 percent to 48 to leave the bloc.

French President Emmanuel Macron has thus far seemed cagey about giving Britain more time, saying the bloc can not be held hostage by Britain's political deadlock over Brexit. No I'm not - actually I've got many other things in my life I'd like to do, I thought we'd won the Brexit battle but I'm not going to after 25 years of endeavour watch British politicians roll us over.

Theresa May has written to the European Union to ask for an extension.

One EU diplomat said that there was rising concern among member states that they would not get "sincere co-operation" from Britain, which could hurt how the bloc functions.

Mrs May has already obtained one extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process, postponing the date of Brexit from March 29 to April 12 - next Friday. Massive traffic jams could also be expected on highways leading to major ferry ports.

Britain's upper House of Lords is set to resume debate on the measure Monday.

Speaking during a visit to Paris on Tuesday by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, a gloomy-sounding Macron warned: "The EU can not be held hostage on a long-term basis to the resolution of a political crisis in the United Kingdom". All 27 nations have to agree unanimously on an extension.

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