In her letter, May said she wanted to make sure that Britain left the bloc in an orderly manner [File: Reuters]

Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the European Union to delay Britain’s departure from the bloc until June 30, with the extension ending earlier if parliament approves her EU divorce deal.  

“The United Kingdom proposes that (the extension) should end on June 30, 2019,” May wrote in a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk on Friday.

“If the parties are able to ratify before this date, the government proposes that the period should be terminated earlier,” added May.

Downing Street released May’s letter moments after an EU source told BBC that Tusk was proposing to postpone Brexit day by up to a year, also pending parliament’s approval of the EU-UK

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