Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday evening with Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte and European Council president Donald Tusk.
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Luxembourg’s prime minister told reporters in Brussels on Friday morning that he was still hoping for the UK to remain in the EU.
Exasperated by what one EU source told The Guardian was a “90 minutes of nothing” presentation by British prime minister Theresa May, the EU finally settled on allowing the UK to extend Article 50 until 12 April, or until 22 May if the withdrawal agreement signed in November last year is ratified by MPs in the house of commons next week.
Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel spoke with reporters as he arrived for the talks on Friday morning. The Guardian says Bettel revealed that he had received a text from May explaining that she had returned to London in attempt to gather enough support for her deal to win a vote in parliament. Despite reports, again cited by The Guardian’s source that the EU representative thought May’s appeal on Thursday evening was “fucking awful. Dreadful. Evasive even by her standards”, Bettel told reporters that he thought “she did really the best possible. I know the situation is very difficult.”