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3. May asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30

British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the European Union to delay her country's departure from the bloc until June 30.

May sent a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday to request a three-month extension to Brexit.

She noted in the letter that the speaker of the British parliament had ruled that her withdrawal deal cannot be voted on again in the same parliamentary session without substantial changes.

Members of parliament have voted May's plan down twice.

May said it remains her intention to bring the deal back to parliament for approval.

She explained that necessary legal procedures will not be completed before the departure deadline of March 29.

May later told a session of parliament that a longer delay would oblige Britain to take part in European Parliament elections in May, and she wanted to avoid that. She said the idea that three years after voting to leave the EU, the British people should be asked to elect new members of the European Parliament is unacceptable.

EU leaders will discuss whether to accept London's request at a summit that will start in Brussels on Thursday.

But it is still unclear whether May can win parliament's approval for her Brexit deal.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told German media on Wednesday that there will likely be no decision on a delay to Brexit at the summit this week. He said EU leaders will probably have to meet again next week.

The EU says in order for Brexit to be delayed, Britain needs to clarify the reasons and an extension period. It plans to carefully study London's request.