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Tusk urges EU Parliament to be open to long Brexit extension

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European Council President Donald Tusk urged EU lawmakers Wednesday to remain open to a long postponement of Brexit while Britain rethinks its position, urging them not to "betray" pro-Europe voters.

The European Parliament should be open to a long Brexit extension, the head of the European Council said on Wednesday, telling lawmakers they should not ignore Britons who wanted their country to remain in the European Union.

"You cannot betray the six million people who signed the petition to revoke Article 50, the one million people who marched for a People's Vote, or the increasing majority of people who want to remain in the European Union," said Donald Tusk, who chairs summits of EU leaders.

In a tweet released just after his short speech, he added that the parliament should be open to a long extension if Britain wished to rethink its strategy.

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