France's Macron says Britain would have to justify delaying Brexit


German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss Brexit, relations with the United States and other European issues.

Mr Macron said any request by Britain to delay the Article 50 process would need to be justified by "a clear perspective on the goal", adding: "We don't need time, we need decisions".

'As Michel Barnier has said, we don't need more time, what we need most of all is a decision, ' Macron said after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris, referring to the EU's chief Brexit negotiator.

European leaders want to avoid a disorderly no-deal Brexit that would send shockwaves through the $16 trillion economy of the EU 27, though they are also exasperated at Britain's labyrinthine divorce crisis and want to move on.

"The withdrawal agreement can not be renegotiated", stated the French president.

But he warned: "Prolonging uncertainty by postponing deadlines is not a reasonable nor desirable alternative".

European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier said London needed to spell out what it would do with the extra time.

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'And the question they will immediately ask is, 'What for?'.

This comes after British Prime Minister Theresa May offered lawmakers a plan to temporarily extend the March 29th deadline if they reject her deal with the European Union again next month.

"That's what will determine the length of any extension".

French officials have said Paris would only agree to delay Brexit if that came with a credible solution, for example if Britain called an election, held a second referendum, or presented a new plan that was acceptable to all sides but needed more time to be finalised.

On Tuesday, May told the House of Commons that there will be a new "meaningful vote" on her deal on March 12.

He tweeted: "If the UK Parl rejects her deal, Theresa May would like to extend the negotiating period".