Britain's Brexit minister says: I don't want a long delay

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He suggested that the European Union would grant an extension rather than allowing Britain to leave without a deal on Friday, saying that, given the "risks posed" for those on both sides of the English Channel, "I trust that we will continue to do our utmost to avoid this scenario".

It's widely expected that the United Kingdom will be granted a longer, flexible extension with conditions attached, however, according to an invitation letter sent to EU leaders by European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday.

Yesterday, May staged a whistle-stop tour of European capitals for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to prepare the ground for another potentially hard meeting in Brussels. It would allow Britain to leave at any point within that period.

European Union leaders want to know she has a plan to break the U.K.'s political impasse, but talks between the government and its political opponents over a compromise have yet to bear fruit.

MPs have passed a legally binding motion to force Theresa May to seek a Brexit delay until at least June 30.

But others - notably Germany and Britain's close neighbour Ireland - worry that if May runs out of time then a dramatic "no deal" Brexit would do more harm in the long run.

Although no consensus has yet been reached between the ruling Conservatives and their rivals, the Labour Party, both said later there was hope of progress being made.

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After further talks Tuesday over an informal lunch of sandwiches and sausage rolls, the two sides said they would resume their discussions after Wednesday's European Union summit. Bailey, who is the Shadow Business Secretary, said discussions with the government will continue in the coming days.

With Labour support growing slightly, Jeremy Corbyn ill be cheered that his talks with the PM to solve the Brexit deadlock have not done his - or his party's - brand any harm.

Meanwhile in Westminster, Labour claimed the Government had not yet made a "clear shift" in its position in cross-party talks created to break the impasse.

In his four-page letter, Fox said: "We would be stuck in the worst of both worlds, not only unable to set our own global trade policy but subject, without representation, to the policy of an entity over which MPs would have no democratic control".

He said: "I still find it astonishing that we are still debating whether to rule out a no-deal Brexit and even today this most simple of moves that the delay should be of at least three months seems like a measure that we shouldn't even be discussing and debating, so straightforward and common sense does it seem".

In a statement after the Conservative and Labour talks ended for the day, a Downing Street spokesman said: "We have had further productive and wide-ranging talks this afternoon, and the parties have agreed to meet again on Thursday once European Council has concluded".

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