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Leo Varadkar has suggested the move after the UK was granted an extension until October 31 to complete Brexit. He had been in long discussions on Wednesday night after Theresa May begged to have Article 50 extended. On Twitter he wrote: “And we’re done.

“(1) Flextension to Oct 31st.

“(2) We’ll take stock of situation at our regular summit in June

“(3) UK to take part in European Parliament election or must leave on June 1st without a deal.”

His comments came towards the end of a busy day of discussions in Brussels.

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The result of the day is that Brexit will now be delayed until Halloween with a review to happen at the June 21 European Council summit.

Prime Minister Theresa May is said to feel this was a “pretty good outcome” as long as the EU is lenient with the conditions imposed on the UK.

EU leaders spent six hours debating, with French president Emmanuel Macron attempt to force the UK into a short delay of Brexit.

France were prepared to accept a no deal divorce if it meant that Britain was prevented from meddling in EU decision-making.

The Brexit delay will still see Britain forced to hold European Parliament elections on May 23 as one of the guarantees demanded by Brussels.

Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat described the compromise as “sensible”.

Writing on Twitter, he said: “A Brexit extension until October 31 is sensible since it gives time to UK to finally choose its way.

“A Brexit extension until October 31 is sensible since it gives time to UK to finally choose its way. The review in June will allow the European Council to take stock of the situation.”



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