January 28, 2019 / 12:24 PM / 10 months ago

Britain unlikely to withdraw Article 50: EU diplomat

EU Council President Donald Tusk holds British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit letter, which was delivered by Britain's permanent representative to the European Union Tim Barrow (not pictured) that gives notice of the UK's intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, in Brussels, Belgium, March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman

BERLIN (Reuters) - Britain is unlikely to withdraw Article 50 and Prime Minister Theresa May will probably stick to the March 29 divorce date from the European Union, an EU diplomat said on Monday.

Regarding a possible extension of the Brexit date, the EU diplomat also indicated that if Britain’s withdrawal was delayed until after elections for the European Parliament in May, it would have to take part in the vote as it would still be a member of the bloc.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Michelle Martin

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