FILE - In this Thursday, March 21, 2019 file photo, activists pose with their faces painted in the EU and Union Flag colors during an anti-Brexit campaign stunt outside EU headquarters during an EU summit in Brussels. The country's struggle to leave the European Union is one of the great political crisis to afflict Britain in the postwar period. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):

2:00 p.m.

A senior German diplomat has criticized a British lawmaker for suggesting the U.K. should try to be "as difficult as possible" if the country can't leave the European Union for a long time.

Michael Roth, Germany's minister for European affairs, said the idea tweeted by Brexit hardliner Jacob Rees-Mogg was "out of order."

In an interview with the weekly Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung published Sunday, Roth called on Rees-Mogg and other Conservative Party members in Parliament to embrace a "constructive approach" to Brexit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is asking the remaining EU leaders to postpone Friday's Brexit deadline until June 30. Roth says the delay is only possible if May gets Parliament to approve her existing divorce deal with Brussels by then.

Roth, who is helping to coordinate the response the EU plans to give to May's request at a Wednesday summit, dismissed reports the remaining 27 member countries are divided on further extending the Brexit deadline.

The U.K. originally was scheduled to withdraw from the EU on March 29. The other countries agreed to conditionally push back the date to April 12.


11:40 a.m.

Britain's pro-Brexit Conservatives are protesting angrily against Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to seek the opposition party's help in finding a compromise Brexit agreement.

May acknowledged Saturday that, despite her best efforts to persuade lawmakers to back her European Union divorce deal, "there is no sign it can be passed in the near future." She said there was no choice but to reach out to the opposition Labour Party. Otherwise, she says, Brexit could "slip through our fingers" unless a compromise alternative can be reached with Labour lawmakers.

But leading Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg on Sunday slammed May's move to include Labour in the Brexit talks, and blamed her for failing to take Britain out of the EU already.

Three days of cross-party talks so far have ended with no agreement.

FILE - In this March 29, 2019, file photo, Pro-Brexit leave the European Union supporters wave flags in Parliament Square at the end of the final leg of the
FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to attend her weekly Prime Minster's Questions at the House of Commons, in London. The EU agreed to postpone the March 29 departure date, but gave Britain only until April 12 to pass May’s original agreement, come up with a new plan and seek a further extension, or leave without an agreement or a transition period to smooth the way. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, Britain's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn poses for the media with the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future UK-EU relationship, in his office in his parliamentary office in London. Representatives of Corbyn and Prime Minister Theresa May have been holding talks on a compromised solution that would gain majority support in Parliament. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP, File)