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|20 March, 2019

Final agreement on Brexit extension may happen next week-Spain

Britain's May asks for Brexit delay until June 30

MADRID - Spain's foreign minister said on Wednesday an agreement by the European Union to extend Brexit may only happen next week, just before March 29, when Britain is due to leave the bloc.

"You know in Europe we always get a solution at the last minute," Foreign Minister Josep Borrell told Reuters in an interview, adding that there "will be another occasion next week for taking the definitive solution."

Borrell said the outcome will depend on what British Prime Minister Theresa May tells a summit of European leaders on Thursday. "Maybe tomorrow is not going to be enough and we have to jump over ... to just before the deadline," he said.

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He was speaking shortly before May requested on Wednesday a three-month delay to Brexit after failing to get her deal to leave the EU ratified by parliament.

(Reporting By Belen Carreno, writing by Axel Bugge, editing by Andrei Khalip) ((axel.bugge@thomsonreuters.com; +351-213-509-201; Reuters Messaging: axel.bugge.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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