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Theresa May could resign TODAY as Tories meet at 4pm to urge PM to quit

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The Prime Minister is in Brussels today to beg for a further extension from the EU.

It is believed EU leaders will be pushing for a year long delay, while May will be attempting to seek an extension until June.

Britain is just 48 hours from crashing out of without a Brexit deal and yet nothing has been agreed by MPs.

And now backbench Tories will be meeting today to discuss the “Brextension” and the future of the PM.

The Conservative Partys ruling 1922 Committee will meet at 4pm – as May sits down with EU chief 230 miles away – to draw up a timetable for her resignation.

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“Such a longer extension would allow the UK to rethink its Brexit strategy”

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Tories are understood to be pushing for May to resign by May 22 – one day before elections for the European Parliament.

It is still a total unknown whether Britain will have to fork out to contest the elections, which many Conservatives fear will see them wiped out amid the muddle over Brexit.

Conservative chiefs will then hold a leadership contest over the summer – choosing a new PM to handle the next stage of Brexit.

Top contenders are believed to be environment secretary Michael Gove, foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, and Brexiteer chiefs Dominic Raab and Boris Johnson.

Outsiders include Mays de-facto number two David Lidington, leader of the house Andrea Leadsom, and app-loving health secretary Matthew Hancock.

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LAST LEGS: Theresa May's future is now tied to Brexit (Pic: GETTY)

May meets the leaders of the remaining EU 27 today to press her case for a further extension to Article 50.

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It is expected she will push for an exit date of June 30 to allow her more time to get a deal through Parliament.

The Prime Minister has been cosying up to Labour as she attempts to rally their support to get some kind of consensus in the Commons.

Her move has infuriated rebel Tories who have accused her of “colluding with a Marxist” by meeting Jeremy Corbyn.

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European Council president Donald Tusk is recommending a longer delay of up to a year – with an option of leave earlier if there is an agreement in the Commons.

Tory hardliners are already seeing red as Britain was originally set to leave the EU on March 29.

Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay has said May wants to see Britain leave the EU at the “earliest opportunity”.

The minister however sidestepped questions on BBC Radio 4 as to whether Mrs May could remain in office if a longer delay was pushed for by the EU.

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Tusk, in a letter to the leaders of the remaining EU27, said there was "little reason to believe" that the ratification of Mrs May's beleaguered Brexit deal could be completed by the end of June.

He called for the European Council to discuss an alternative, longer extension, such as a "flexible extension" lasting "as long as necessary and no longer than one year".

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