Tusk urges EU parliament to be open to long Brexit extension

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Published on March 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:24s

Tusk urges EU parliament to be open to long Brexit extension

European Council President Donald Tusk has urged the European Parliament to be open to a long Brexit extension, and not to ignore the 'increasing majority' of British people who wanted to remain in the European Union.

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The head of the European Council urged the European Parliament on Wednesday (March 27) to be open to a long Brexit extension and not to ignore the 'increasing majority' of British people who wanted to remain in the European Union.

Donald Tusk said Britons wanting to stay in the European Union might not be sufficiently represented by Britain's parliament, but they should feel they were represented by the EU assembly.

EU leaders granted Britain a short extension to Brexit last week, saying that -- if Britain's parliament did not back the divorce deal this week -- then the UK government would have to indicate what it wished to do before April 12.

The European Commission's president, Jean-Claude Juncker, warned British intentions were unclear and that the country had become more mysterious than mythological sphinxes guarding ancient tombs.

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