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EU leaders to meet on Brexit on April 10: summit chair Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk delivers a speech during a debate on the outcome of the latest European Summit on Brexit, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will meet on April 10 to discuss Britain’s departure from the bloc, summit chair Donald Tusk said after British lawmakers rejected a deal for a third time on Friday.

“In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have decided to call a European Council on 10 April. Brexit,” Tusk, the European Council president, tweeted.

EU leaders last week gave May until Friday to secure backing for the deal she struck with them last year, or Britain would leave as early as April 12 if London offers no other strategy.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Kevin Liffey